Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Rego Park/Forest Hills tornado damage
From CBS 2:
Four days after devastating storms ripped through the area, streets in Queens were still a mess.
Fallen trees — including Oaks and Sycamores — were still blocking some streets and crews were removing large tree branches from the roofs of several homes Monday evening.
68th Road in Forest Hills is the picture of disaster — cars smashed and debris still to be cleaned up and where tree limbs were being lifted off of one home.
“It’s devastating. It’s like a bomb was dropped,” resident Warren Wankoff said.
With four days passing since the storm hit and power lines down all over the place, storm victim Lorraine Gister has had enough.
“Mayor Bloomberg, when are you going to help us? We’re part of this city even though we’ve been forgotten,” Gister told CBS 2′s John Slattery.
Gister wanted to know when the debris will be cleared, and when her phone service will come back.
“I have two sick people in the family. I have no phone since Thursday,” Gister said.
Mayor Bloomberg said he understood the frustration and assured residents that city crews were working hard to ensure the cleanup is finished soon.
From CBS 2:
As FEMA began assessing whether the city’s storm damage qualifies for aid, Congressman Anthony Weiner cautioned residents who were expecting too much from the federal government at a Tuesday night town hall in Forest Hills.
“I want New Yorkers to understand, these are not like pennies from heaven. No one’s going to knock on your door with a bag full of twenties for your trouble,” Weiner said.
CBS 2′s John Slattery asked the mayor on Tuesday if he was considering another first-hand look at the tornado damage.
“I was out there before you even knew there was a storm, looking at trees and talking to people,” Bloomberg said, “I have not considered going out again.”
Bloomberg said the his presence and the media coverage in neighborhoods with major problems could be detrimental to the cleanup and advised that it would be better to stay out of the way and let professionals do their jobs.
Still, storm victims continued to be frustrated by what they perceived as little help from authorities.
“It’s a debris field and the city has done absolutely nothing,” one man said.