Families ravaged by Sandy cope with freezing temperatures

Posted at 11:37 AM, Jan 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-22 12:45:45-05

STATEN ISLAND (PIX11) – Three months after Sandy ravaged Staten Island, residents are still without homes and now living in the cold.

About 300 buildings still need repair and according to reports about 1,500 people are still without homes.

While victims of the storm continue to rebuild their homes, battle with insurance companies, and get their lives back to normal; they now are battling the coldest temperatures of this winter season.

In New Dorp Beach, a tent city was set up days after the storm and still remains today.  It’s a good thing it does, because now it is powered by a generator providing heat for residents who don’t want to leave their communities while their homes are rebuilt.

Eddie is one of the New Dorp residents who seeks warmth inside the tent city.  He sleeps here every night since looters ravaged his neighborhood and says he is just too scared to go to a shelter.

“It’s just too cold,” he says.  ” This is like my second home now, actually this is my primary home.”

The tent city is run by about a dozen volunteers who keep the tents stocked with supplies, food and heat.    Eddie says to them…”thank you.”