Residents At Shelters Wonder When They Can Return Home
The city opened evacuation shelters before the storm hit and many residents are now stuck there, wondering when they'll get to go home. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
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The storm may be over, but the New Yorkers whose homes were devastated by Sandy's surge are still being shuttled to the city's emergency shelters.
In Park Slope, six full buses rolled up within two hours Tuesday night. They unloaded elderly and frail New Yorkers, many from assisted living facilities out in the Rockaways, which saw some of the city's worst flooding.
"At least we got shelter here and we are safe for the time being," said Avi Frohlich of Far Rockaway. "Then, in two or three days, we hope that good news will come on and we will be able to go back to our home where we came from."
Dozens of volunteers were on hand to help out. A steady stream of supplies was dropped off.
Those staying at the shelter were grateful for a cot and a place to sleep.
"To me, I got two together all the way down the line," said Kurt Trenman of Far Rockaway. "They are comfortable. Very comfortable."
All told, there are more than 6,000 people staying in the city's 76 emergency shelters. About 400 were in Park Slope, some of them employees of assisted living facilities that were evacuated.
"At the home, it's much more convenient, the care," said Lodema Stroeble of the Central Manor Home for Adults. "But hey, we have to do what we got to do. We still got to give them the care that we give them at the home."
Some of the employees weren't optimistic about when they all might be able to return.
"They got to wait, pump the water out," said Vacher Jessie of Belle Harbor Manor. "They probably power hose the facility down, then pump that water out. We are looking at least, what, at least a week, two or three days."
NY1 was given no indication how long these shelters will remain open. However, the mayor's office said the shelters will continue to service people for as long as necessary.