Queens residents still cleaning up after storm

The News Leader

September 20, 2010 2:09:11 PM PDT
Some Queens homeowners are still coping with downed trees and no electricity following last Thursday's storm.

"Nobody came! This is horrible that they left us like this," said homeowner, Lisa Jones.

6 trees fell on Dry Harbor Rd.

There are cables down, tree trunks, a crushed car, no one has phone, cable or internet and the gripe is: why is all this still here four days later?

"Elizabeth Crowley was here and said this was all going to be taken care of and we haven't seen her since and nothing has happened since Thursday night," said homeowner, Arlene Milon.

"Just finger-pointing, no one wants to take accountability," said homeowner, Franz Kampfer.

It seems the only people coming out here were looters after copper.

"They were taking the cables, cutting them, rolling them up and tying bundles with police tape!" said a resident.

But moments after Eyewitness News drove up, trucks and chainsaws started getting to work.

"That's the first time right now that something is happening," said a resident.

All weekend neighbors were pitching in to clear the sidewalk, getting branches off rooftops, and just getting by was tough.

"Nothing was cleared! We had to do it all ourselves! The men were doing it all with their own chainsaws," said a homeowner.

"They wouldn't let us in with our groceries and we were like we live here!" said homeowner, Andrew Anastasio.

"No TV, internet access and it's very frustrating," the homeowner said.

Meantime family members need to get around, it's not easy to navigate with a walker or cane or without a driveway to park in.

"We're kind of frustrated that we're the lost block of Dry Harbor Road," a resident said.