Monday Jan 28, 201310:52 AM GMT
Displaced Sandy victims living in shocking conditions
Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:51AM
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Victims of Superstorm Sandy who are staying in temporary housing aren’t expecting room service, but some say that they are living in shocking conditions.


“We’re victims of Sandy but we shouldn’t have to be punished because of that,” a man who identified himself as Monroe, told CBS 2.


Residents of these temporary lodgings have complained of a lack of heat and problems with infestation.


“The roaches, and a lot of it has to do with, the mice,” said one man.


Some Sandy victims have been lucky enough to be put up in hotels like the Holiday Inn and the Double Tree, but more than two dozen former residents of the Rockaways are living in a pair of run down rooming houses in the Longwood section of the Bronx.


Those two buildings have reportedly received dozens of housing code violations and have numerous fire safety problems. When CBS 2 stopped by, a smoke alarm appeared to be running on a low battery; the building’s super said that he would replace it.


Rockaways resident Dennis Sims told CBS 2 that Sandy forced him out of his home and into living conditions that he referred to as ‘a complete dump.’


“Like dirty, filthy, unstable, unlivable,” he said.


Sandy refugees say that they aren’t looking for a room at the Ritz, but that they need livable shelter in the aftermath of the storm.


CBS 2 reached out to the Mayor’s office, the Buildings Department, and the manager of the two Bronx buildings, those calls have yet to be returned. CBS Local


Hurricane Sandy, a late-season post-tropical cyclone, swept through the Caribbean and up the East Coast of the United States in late October 2012.


The storm left thousands homeless and millions without power. Total damage is expected to be in the billions of dollars.


The death toll from Sandy was at least 149. The confirmed deaths include 42 in New York; 12 in New Jersey; nine in Maryland; six in Pennsylvania; five in West Virginia; four in Connecticut; two in Virginia; and one in North Carolina. One person died in Canada, and at least 67 people were killed in the Caribbean, including 54 in Haiti.

Sandy ended up causing about $20 billion in property damage and $10 billion to $30 billion more in lost business, making it one of the costliest natural disasters on record in the United States, according to IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm.


The New York City mayor's office in late November estimated total losses to the city to be $19 billion and asked the federal government for $9.8 billion in aid for costs not covered by insurance or FEMA.


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