NEW YORK (PIX11) – It was a problem that could not have been fixed overnight, but, one day shy of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, there is still suffering in hard hit Lower Manhattan.
The U.S. Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development along with Mayor Bloomberg and other elected officials announced a second wave of Sandy aid on the way to New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. There is also a special allocation of funds for New Yorker City.
Inside some businesses, it looks like the storm could have been yesterday. Stefano Barbagallo, for example, didn’t have flood insurance for the Italian restaurant Barbalu in South Street Seaport.
“I thought that we were going to be able to reopen much earlier,” Barbagallo said. “That’s my only source of income, which, right now, is not a source of income.”
For Barbagallo in the South Street seaport, he said he’ll try to apply.
He’s already put much of his savings into rebuilding, he says, and needs the restaurant to support his family. way he feeds him family.
Manhattan business owners are not the only ones still trapped in the devastation almost a year after the storm drove a destructive path through the tri-state area.
For Brian Baylis of Long Beach, Long Island, a year later life is anything but normal. He is still rebuilding his home, and admits he is running out of money.
Baylis says he will spend the anniversary moving his car off Kerrigan Street in Long Beach because they are repairing his street. As the municipality fixes up the pavement, Baylis hopes his house will be the block’s next finished project soon.