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Sandy Recovery Moves At Different Paces For Different Residents

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Twelve weeks after Hurricane Sandy hit, some people are still reeling in the Rockaways, while others seem to be making progress with their recovery. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

Single mother Dietrick Parish helps her son with his homework, but says their living conditions are no help.

"When we wake up in the morning and the lights have gone out and we have to be running late for school or work or whatever, that kind of interrupts his day, takes him off balance," she says.

Twelve weeks after Hurricane Sandy, she says she still loses electricity and hot water regularly.

"Very slow," she says. "We're still on the generators."

Generators seem to power some of the Ocean Village Apartments, and plastic covers some of the buildings, leaving little ventilation.

Steve Dunn's done little else but try to solve people's ventilation issues. He helps his Broad Channel neighbors with heating and boilers and, in one case, one compromised by water.

His next-door neighbor, John Porcheddu, doesn't need any help with heat. He stripped out his flooded house and hasn't moved back home yet. Like some others who also want to raise their homes, he's waiting on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deliver maps called "advisory-based flood elevations".

"We were supposed to hear around mid-December, and it was, there was a town meeting, like, on a Thursday, they said Monday, we should have these, and it was like, 'Alright, whatever, the civic leaders have been calling,'" said homeowner John Porcheddu. "We said, 'Alright, it's the holidays we'll give it some time,' and still, nothing."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said the maps have been delayed because the agency wants to make sure they are as accurate as possible. The agency said it plans to begin releasing maps in stages, starting at the end of January.

NY1 was unable to reach the management company of the Ocean Village Apartments for comment as of late Monday night. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP