Sheepshead Bay Residents Seek Return To Normalcy
The fight to finish the job of restoring power throughout the city is turning into a house-to-house battle. Con Ed says more than 16,000 who are still without electricity cannot get it turned back on until their own equipment is repaired, tested and certified by an electrician. But patience is wearing thin for people who've gone two weeks in the dark. NY1's Kristen Shaughnessy filed the following report.
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The army of electricians, Consolidated Edison and National Grid workers on Ocean Avenue was a welcome sight Monday morning after two weeks of having the annoyingly loud hum of generators take over the neighborhood.
It is a bit of hope for people finding it hard to remember just how much easier life was before Sandy. Many in Sheepshead Bay still have no power, no heat, or hot water. And as people try to get on with their lives the images of water flooding Ocean Avenue keep coming back.
"I was up to my chest in water. Basement and first floor got flooded. Water kept coming. Now I got to do my laundry down the block and don't even know which is open," said Alex Bararushkin, a Sheepshead Bay resident.
Inside apartment buildings work lights replace the light of chandeliers that died in the storm, on the street traffic lights are out and you see car after car taken out by Sandy or looters. Huge piles of recycling sit on the curb, stacks of ruined furniture next to that.
For Lori Weber, there is at least something comforting in Sheepshead Bay: A job and with it some sense of normalcy. Sandy left Weber in the dark and cold, it totaled her car and destroyed the Waldbaums supermarket in Belle Harbor where she had worked for more than 30 years. The company has transferred her to the Waldbaums in Sheepshead Bay, the one using huge dehumidifiers to dry out from Sandy's sting.
"I feel frustrated like everyone else. I mean I didn't lose my house, I live an apartment but I feel like I lost everything else," Weber said.
People living in the neighborhood understand Weber's frustration, even those who got power back Sunday.
"It was like living in a different world," noted Bill McClure, a Sheepshead Bay resident.