- Posted November 13, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
'Superstorm' Sandy: Your stories
The Wasteland Of Sandy
Photographer Linda K Alpern RN with other nurses from out east, headed out from St. Francis Desales in Rockaway to go into buildings and check on those that are too old or sick to get out and seek help. Thanks so much for for your help. As the mainstream media continues to shift their attention away from the wasteland of Sandy to General Petraeus, don't be drawn in, as what's happened on the island where most of us live is 1000 times more important.
MORE HELP IS NEEDED
The priorities of need are posted daily and easy to follow. The parking lot at Jacob Riis State Park now holds over 350,000 cubic yards of debris, and the scope of it is almost too much to comprehend when you stand before it. This debris is what held peoples houses together, and is filled with their happy memories, and in many ways their hope for the future. In one small corner of the lot, there are some EPA people completely suited up, and poking through their own little pile. This at the very least, is unsettling.
Between the raw sewage, the mold, the dust and what we have no idea about until the air is tested, there is enough reason for anybody the goes inside a building to please give yourself the benefit of wearing some kind of mask. I went to Breezy Point yesterday on the ground for the first time. So many problems there, and at the same time so much help from so many places both near and far. An amazing operation to see was the members of the US Army 19th Engineer Battalion, nicknamed "Task Force Pump", has been pumping water out of whole sections of the neighborhoods, and away from the area so it would stop going back into neighboring basements. FDNY has been there pumping since day one. How could you also not love the three Amish girls who traveled hundreds of miles to do what ever they could, walking around around without gloves and helping wherever they could. There are thousands if not tens of thousands people who have joined together to help, and it is an amazingly humbling thing to witness. The sheer magnitude of what has happened will not in many ways be fixed months, a lot of it will be years, and sadly for some, it will never come. Please do what you can, tell your friends to do what they can as there is no such thing as too much help here.