Thousands of New Yorkers are still coping with the damage left by Hurricane Sandy, and for two Queens families, the recent rainstorms made living conditions even worse. NY1's Polly Kreisman filed the following report.
In a duplex in Jamaica, Queens, two families are still enduring damage from Hurricane Sandy.
"It's horrible no one should have to live like this," said renter Natasha Francis. "I feel like the hurricane is in my home."
The toll-free hotline for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (1-800-621-3362) will take calls until 5 p.m. on Monday and will be closed on Tuesday for Christmas. Applications can be checked online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
Her building's second floor, which had been leaking since the storm hit on October 29, finally collapsed after Friday's rain and wind. Francis was left with soggy floors, ruined furniture, mold in a daughter's bedroom and constant scrubbing with bleach with little result.
The landlord told her he cannot afford to make repairs.
"I'm upset. I'm angry, because I've spoken to my landlord about this and now it's gotten so worse and now it's unliveable. I can't live here with my kids," Francis said.
Downstairs, Khaleeda Khan's family said they fear they will soon see damages. By Saturday night, their ceiling was cracking above the Christmas tree, so the decorations were coming down.
"It's not the Christmas I imagined," Khan said. "I did all my shopping, all the preparations to have a good Christmas for my kids, my family and we're not going to have it."
"I'm worried because I'm scared that Santa won't come to our house because of the mess that Hurricane Sandy made," said a girl in Khan's family.
New Yorkers in similar situations should call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 to receive temporary housing, and call 311 so the mayor's office can send an inspector.