Many Public Housing Units In Red Hook Still Dank And Dark
Nearly two weeks after Sandy, more than 3,000 public housing residents in Red Hook, Brooklyn were without power and heat on Saturday, and many families are also dealing with extensive water damage. NY1's Tina Redwine filed the following report.
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Indrawatie Burgos said she could barely make it through the day in her family's pitch-black apartment at 135 Richard Street in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn.
"There is no food, no water, it's cold, it's very bad," she said.
She, her three children and disabled husband sleep together at night in the living room warmed slightly by their kitchen stove. That is something officials at the New York City Fire Department say should never be done, as it is too dangerous.
The Burgos' bedroom walls are also dripping wet, for some reason.
NY1 met the Burgos family on Saturday as they came back from their daily trip to the store, spending $5 on ice. They trekked up the dark stairway, only lit by the crew's camera lights.
The Burgos children said they were scared.
"It's not fair, it's not fair" said Christopher Burgos, one of the children.
They stockpiled water because it is was not always running and they felt their way around in the dark bathroom.
On Saturday they felt lucky because they got food from volunteers in nearby Coffey Park.
"It just feels good to help. I don't know, it feels better than sitting at home looking at the news and reading the papers, seeing people suffering and needing things," said volunteer Michi Wiancko.
New York City Housing Authority officials say there are thousands of residents in similar conditions like the Burgos' home and they are setting up generators.
NY1 found one generator near 19 Red Hook West, which was no solace to residents in other public housing buildings.
"My kids' bedroom, their beds are destroyed because the water's coming down from the tank up on the top of the building and it's coming into the top of the apartment," said resident Nahisha McCoy. "My wall is cracked and there's water in the walls and their bed is destroyed."
Locals said they would feel better when there are working generators outside their buildings.