Day 4: Sandy Survivors Face Long Lines, No Electricity

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A feeling of frustration settled over New York City Friday as survivors of superstorm Sandy began day four of limited to no power.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the Big Apple will try to return to normal this weekend ahead of the New York City marathon.

But the thousands of people citywide still living in the dark say that's a strain on already limited resources.

Patience Wears Thin

With hour-long traffic jams, mile-long lines of people waiting for buses and gas, hundreds still without electricity, food or clean water, the patience of many New York City residents is wearing thin.

Jody Gettys, director of U.S. disaster relief for Operation Blessing, spoke more about how serious the situation is and what is being done to minister to those suffering, on Christian World News, Nov. 2.

"Where are the buses?!" one frustrated commuter exclaimed.

ConEdison officials said they hope to have power restored by the weekend of Nov. 10 -- that's a whole other week with no lights, heat, or water.

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Residents of one lower Manhattan neighborhood say they feel forgotten.

"There's a sense of that they have no value. They see that other areas are being taken care of and they totally overlooked us," Pastor Richard Del Rio said.

CBN's Operation Blessing is partnering with several local churches in those neighborhoods.

The ministry is bringing in badly needed food and water to help victims get through the crisis -- and looking to restore hope.

"Operations Blessing's second truckload of food just arrived on the lower east side of Manhattan," Jody Gettys, head of disaster relief for Operation Blessing, said. "We're here delivering food, diapers, and hygiene kits."

"Our mobile kitchen is en route now," she continued. "We'll be serving hot meals tonight to people who need it most desperately.

One lower Manhattan resident said, "A lot of people don't have electricity, don't have hot water and could definitely use a good meal. That's why we're so excited to see OB here."

Devastating Loss

Staten Island was the deadliest zone in Sandy's path. Of the 37 New Yorkers who died during the storm, 19 of them lived in Staten Island.

On Thursday, the bodies of two young boys who were ripped from their mothers arms were recovered.

Many residents are now homeless and they say they're seeing no response to the devastation in their city.

"We're gonna die. We're gonna freeze. We got 90-year-old people," Staten Island resident Donna Solli said.

The storm demolished Mike Abruzzo's home, leaving nothing intact but the wooden floorboards.

"My youngest daughter yesterday, Faith, said 'Daddy, I want to go home. I told her it's going to be a while," he said, tearing up. "She doesn't understand. She's six."

In New Jersey, utility companies say the power outages could last until late November.

And because of dangerous conditions, many people still haven't even been able to survey the damage to their homes.

Estimates of the storm's cost range from $10 to $20 billion. That would make Sandy one of the most economically damaging disasters in the United States.

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