Slow progress in the Rockaways - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Superstorm Sandy

Slow progress in the Rockaways

Posted: Updated:
MYFOXNY.COM -

Two weeks after calling the NYC Rapid Repairs team for help and after Fox 5 News called the mayor's office Yaffa Epstein finally got a contractor to her Rockaway Beach Boulevard home on Thursday.

The FEMA paid contractor sent by the city began putting a boiler in her basement. She's had no heat or electricity since Sandy hit.

When we arrived, we also saw a half dozen men working upstairs in Yaffa's house removing moldy floors and walls. But the yellow-shirted workers were not from the city. They're from a church charity Yaffa met yesterday at a relief center, North Carolina Baptist Men.

Yaffa's next-door neighbor also had a Rapid Repairs team working at her home even though she called just two days ago.

The Army Corps of Engineers has spent three weeks removing debris from the storm surge.

But the rest of the Rockaway Peninsula has not fared as well. Now exactly one month after Sandy hit, across the street from Yaffa's home not one store has reopened. At many stores on Rockaway Beach Boulevard there is electricity but the wiring is so corroded from the polluted water of the storm surge that turning on the power would start fires.

Many stores remain shuttered. Relief workers say looters are sneaking into stores in front of them. Dozens of homes remain boarded up as well, while on the beach sit the ruins of the boardwalk.

  • Queens NewsQueens NewsMore>>

  • Report: health risks at some nail salons

    Report: health risks at some nail salons

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:28:27 GMT
    One of the most surprising findings in a report from the New York City public advocate is that city officials have virtually no authority over how nail salons are run. The city can't enforce standards like they do with restaurants, so it's clearly a case of beauty buyer beware. We get our nails done without thinking too much about it.
    One of the most surprising findings in a report from the New York City public advocate is that city officials have virtually no authority over how nail salons are run. The city can't enforce standards like they do with restaurants, so it's clearly a case of beauty buyer beware. We get our nails done without thinking too much about it.
  • A history classroom in the real world

    A history classroom in the real world

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:09:49 GMT
    When Denis Belliveau is teaching kids about Marco Polo, he is in his element. He makes the explorer's journey come alive by taking students on a No. 7 train ride through Queens, New York's most diverse borough. He brings history alive for his students. Along the way the students stop in neighborhoods that mirror Polo's trip. I caught up with the class in Flushing, Queens, which easily resembles China.
    When Denis Belliveau is teaching kids about Marco Polo, he is in his element. He makes the explorer's journey come alive by taking students on a No. 7 train ride through Queens, New York's most diverse borough. He brings history alive for his students. Along the way the students stop in neighborhoods that mirror Polo's trip. I caught up with the class in Flushing, Queens, which easily resembles China.
  • NJ, NY officials meet about security

    NJ, NY officials meet about security

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:50:11 GMT
    With new concerns about home grown terrorism becoming more urgent, city and state officials -- including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio -- met with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to devise new strategies. NYPD counterterrorism police stood watch outside the Midtown Manhattan meeting where city, state and federal law enforcement officials coordinated their new security plans.
    With new concerns about home grown terrorism becoming more urgent, city and state officials -- including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio -- met with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to devise new strategies. NYPD counterterrorism police stood watch outside the Midtown Manhattan meeting where city, state and federal law enforcement officials coordinated their new security plans.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices