UPDATE: Clean-up Continues After Hurricane Sandy

By: Lauren Forsythe Email
By: Lauren Forsythe Email

Red Cross volunteers from South Central Kentucky have been in New York for four days now.

The clean-up in the hardest hit areas is a slow process, but New Yorkers have a positive outlook.

"I'm hoping that I have a house when I come back," said one New Yorker last week.

"I'm scared to death. Many people are going to die today," said another.

That was right after Superstorm Sandy swept through the Northeast.

Now, people are picking up the pieces.

"I think I'm in survival mode. So I'm just going. I'm doing one step at a time," one woman recalled.

"You see U.S. Flags flying in every neighborhood in houses that you wouldn't think anybody would be living in, but there's a lot of pride. and there's a lot of community pride around here," said one Red Cross volunteer from South Central Kentucky.

The Red Cross Volunteers of South Central Kentucky have been providing food and water to those in need, in areas hit hard like Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Long Island.

"Some of the hardest hit areas, their vehicles were flooded underwater and damaged so they don't actually have a way of getting out of the area," the volunteer described.

For those who can leave their house, it takes hours to fill up a gas tank.

"It took us probably three hours to get into the city. There's no gas there. Just to say I think it's a shame what's happening," said one New Yorker from his car.

"There are gas lines all over the place because not all gas stations are open, and there appears to be a shortage of gas so they're limiting how much people can have," said the Red Cross volunteer.

He says he saw one gas station that had a 20-gallon limit, and another with just a 5-gallon limit.

"It's those that were directly hit out on the outlining areas that don't even have transportation," the Red Cross volunteer said, "They spend all their days just trying to clean up, and it will get somewhat back to normal when they get power."

Because the garbage crews have been working 24-hour shifts, he says he's noticed it's much cleaner in high-traffic areas.

When disasters devastate communities, your support helps ensure the Red Cross is there to provide warm meals, shelter, and hope to families when they need it most.

Text "Red Cross" to 90999 to donate $10 now.


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