Staten Island, NY Residents Plead for Help
Staten Island and New York residents plead for help three days after superstorm Sandy.
- Duration 7:49
- Date Nov 2, 2012
Staten Island and New York residents plead for help three days after superstorm Sandy.
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Fox News alert now because of frustration is mounting throughout New York City and its surrounding towns.
The scene of some of the most heartbreaking devastation and a half to storm related deaths.
In New York that is video from Staten Island only moments ago people -- there begging for food and water and clothing.
And begging for information and a -- is live in Staten Island today what are you hearing from folks there.
Will they are desperate bill where we're in an area that looks like a war zone -- about a hundred feet from the water here.
And you see trash piling up EC mud -- mattresses.
You see bulbs that clearly got caught up in hurricane sandy storm surge they've popped up on top of cars they've toppled street lights.
They have -- slammed into the sides of homes and they're even blocking the streets.
Over this way now town leaders and residents.
They say eight has been super slow to come to Staten islands.
I don't have any big.
We have to go out of -- -- closed.
All the clothes I have they let big eight -- -- -- police isn't so now I went to a shelter Monday night after the stop.
People come -- and when those shots.
Who could no shoes that would that would just -- the houses were destroyed -- will client won't debate clause.
Well we do have new information the red cries.
Is in town they've got ten trucks here on Staten Island they say they tried to make it into town yesterday but were caught up in all that traffic the -- -- you know en us.
An island has lost a lot of lives after hurricane sandy and -- you think about parts that I that I mean it's it's elevator little bit it's it's higher than areas around it.
But not for the images were saying you know lower around the -- -- -- -- wiped out.
Yeah absolutely I mean -- there's shells -- you can hardly even.
Recognize and there are crews from other states that are coming in to help New York City firefighters they've been doing.
Water rescues and they're hoping to find survivors and not victims -- a very tragic story that is.
Really cause heavy hearts across America 39 year old mother Glenda more -- her two children.
A two year old and a four year old Brandon and Connor they were ripped from her arms -- car -- out during the height of the storm she was trying to evacuate to Brooklyn.
And they got caught in the storm surge literally ripped out of -- arms they were just found yesterday a hundred feet apart from one another.
In a -- there were some nineteen lives -- here on Staten Island and forty and all of New York City.
The homeland secretary.
-- security secretary Janet Napolitano does plan on serving this area later today bill.
Let's look at this -- -- now on Friday.
After that storm came on Monday night and I thank you don't go far for back to live in Staten Island are you know when you see this devastation.
And it does raise questions about the campaigns -- about the response and all of that.
Because there are a lot of areas including the broad channel area.
Out in Queens as well where people are saying that they have not received any help so far and they are desperately in need of that you hear the stories about people -- -- with no socks.
Families that have been separated and it is a truly frightening situation one bright spot in Clemens says -- ten.
Red Cross trucks have been able to make it into the Staten Island area.
But as a point out you know it there's just so many people in so many homes serie a belt.
That -- it is literally taken us days to sort of get pictures of all of these places because -- helicopters go up.
And they survey one neighborhood and there's ten more neighborhoods behind it that we're just starting to get a look at.
And we hear that the administration is keeping contact with the locals on the ground and we expect that that that that would be -- case responding to this devastation.
From this super storm known as sandy.
And meanwhile you got some -- reaction from the White House also to the unemployment numbers a look at this you know I mean it it's just mind boggling.
Our chief White House correspondent Ed Henry is traveling with the president in Hilliard Ohio.
Where of course folks are far removed from this situation -- but it is these these pictures are so potent.
It's impossible not to sort of take all of this into account today.
Absolutely Martha and the bottom line is you know the president took three days off the campaign trail in order to deal with the aftermath of sandy.
-- yesterday he resumed all of that.
And now is out here in these battleground states now the White House is making clear to watch that the president is still try to stay on top of the storm relief.
By convening a conference call last night for example aboard Air Force One when he was flying from Colorado.
-- -- to Ohio we saw the president those dramatic pictures with Chris Christie -- -- he normally doesn't agree with.
A Democrat and Republican coming together in New Jersey a couple days back to show their support for the people there but the key here obviously as.
It's one thing to have those kinds of events is one of those things for people come together to have conference calls to communicate.
But the key is will the federal government really be helping people on the ground.
In these state -- Local government.
To make sure as we see these desperate pictures of people freezing of people.
A going into dumpsters to get food is in fact the response helping get to them and wants the politicians leave the photo -- -- -- TV cameras leave the scene is that response really happening that's going to be one of the big questions.
In the days ahead -- Yet Ed you're so right about that and one of the questions that comes to mind for me is will we expect another briefing.
From the president you know on what he's been updated on and what the Red Cross efforts are and what -- Federal with the FEMA efforts are because it -- -- there's no doubt in my mind that this death poll is gonna continue to rise that people are losing their lives as we speak.
I'm out there and and I wonder -- hear more from the president -- -- an update.
Well I'll tell you Martha that at his events -- get three events yesterday in all three of those he made clear to start his remarks by giving a quick update out of not a long one but a quick update for people.
-- some of these other states where they may not understand how desperate the situation.
Is back on the eastern seaboard he's he's done that and Jay -- will likely brief reporters today aboard Air Force One later today when the president is moving to another state but you're right this is something that's important that while the -- -- the campaign.
I campaigning -- only four days out from election if people are focused on that there's obviously a lot of attention -- -- the focus back on what's going there going on there on the ground.
Yeah you know -- citizen on this morning in some ways it does feel like the aftermath of September 11 obviously a very different situation.
But that feeling that you know people in that area.
Getting it and understand how devastating and how bad it is and and this is not an indictment on anybody -- would give -- our way I'll let you don't necessarily feel -- The -- the people -- and when when other parts of the country of experience is kind of things we don't feel the way they do.
But the president is of course president of everybody and no data is very much on his mind as you point out that he points.
Out at the beginning of each one of these -- has said thank you so much.
It was in -- -- later you're in the island Manhattan.
And it's it's a tale of two cities north of 34 streets it's.
Fine normal life everyone's -- -- the 34 street when the sun goes down it is dark as well it's dark -- night because there's no electricity down there.
And for the families that have stayed behind as they have nowhere to go the hotels are all booked.
They don't have a car to drive out the city that got nowhere to go and they're sitting in their homes are wondering this is not safe.
And we've heard from people out on Long Island -- what you know whoa what's gonna happen here and now they're begging their leaders to give them information information that they have not gotten now.
As we move toward day five of this devastation caused.
As far everything right now that the marathon playing continues.
-- -- and that's a big question for folks -- well and make it's more information on that at 1230 it's also getting clear by the hour Martha new images -- fox.
The very latest on the recovery effort and also the rescue effort that is still it's still ongoing.