SPECIAL REPORT: Walter Smith-Randolph Visits His Queens Neighborhood
QUEENS, NY (WENY) -- People living in Queens have been without power since Monday. Around the neighborhood, power lines are down, trees are uprooted, and you can hear the sounds of generators. But no signs of when the lights might come back on.
Sisters Pam and Path Smith have been without power since Monday.
"A lot of the trees from around the neighborhood were lifted up from the roof and fell on top of the house. But by the bless of God, he spared us that grief.," Pam said.
"Iím one of the lucky ones. The only thing thatís damaged is my car. Right now, my car is sitting under a tree," said Pat.
Neighbors in the oceanfront communities in the Rockaways weren't so lucky. They're rebuilding today, but it won't be easy.
"It was like we had the Amazon River in our front yard," said Arverne resident Jaan Kangur. He and his wife rode the storm out, but their home is flooded and so are their neighbors; the landscape changed forever.
"This is the fire hydrant, this is how high we are off the street. The water pushed all this sand, all the sand from sand dune thatís supposedly protecting us," explained Christian Geraldino, who lives in Arverne.
"It was horrible. When we were here last night, the water was rushing in. Our whole house was flooded," said Kayshane Whitley, who lives in the same neighborhood.
Leonard Theofield has lived by the beach for 45 years, but he's never seen anything like this.
"This street was flowing like the Hudson River," he said.
Thursday, neighbors are cleaning up, but say they need more help.
"We just need help. We need for somebody to come out here and see that the people are safe. The elderly, we donít even know how the elderly are doing. Itís scary, too scary," said Yvette Hughes of Arverne.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says help is on the way. The National Guard will deliver water to these communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.