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Thursday, November 1, 2012

People In Rockaways, N.Y. Say They’re Desperate For Federal Help

A damaged flag stands among the remnants of the boardwalk on Rockaway Beach, in the Queens borough of New York, on Wednesday. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

While the federal response to Hurricane Sandy has been widely praised, some residents in the storm-ravaged Rockaways and other southern Queens neighborhoods say they’ve been forgotten.

The Rockaways is a thin peninsula jutting out below John F. Kennedy International Airport and Brooklyn. At the tip of the peninsula, 110 homes burned to the ground in Breezy Point, as storm winds swept the flames throughout the town. Throughout the peninsula, flood waters have inundated streets, power is out and people are hungry.

In Rockaway Beach, one man told NY1 cable news Wednesday night, “We’re doomed here.”

That man was part of a group of people standing in line for food being supplied by the local Sikh Cultural Center in Rockaway Beach.

Meanwhile, the Village Voice reports that a near riot broke out Wednesday night after nearly 300 people turned up to meet with FEMA officials, who failed to turn up.

But help could be on the way.

National Guard officials said they will deliver 1 million meals and bottled water to the areas hardest hit by Sandy on Thursday.

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