Heat wave causing more headaches for those still recovering from Sandy

Posted at 6:35 PM, Jun 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-01 18:35:13-04

GERRITSEN BEACH, BROOKLYN (PIX11)– This heat can of course be oppressive.

People are trying to remain comfortable.

But for others — especially those still recovering from Hurricane Sandy — the high temperatures are causing another problem.

A third day in a row of reaching 90 degree weather prompted many to hit the beaches and water, searching for a bit of relief, but “relief” is not a word everyone on Gerritsen Beach is able to voice.

“This used to be a kitchen,” Patricia Steen tells us as she shows how the 5 feet of water that flooded her mother’s home during Sandy, has left her family nothing but struggles.

Michael Taylor of the organization “We Care New York” walked us over the gutted out floors and through the torn down walls of Patricia’s family home to see how the hot, humid, weather made the spores of mold more prominent than ever.

“We did get the maximum amount from FEMA but it wasn’t enough to fix all of this,” Patricia says.

Michael says “We Care New York” is a non-profit trying to help Sandy victims with mold and other problems that are sure to get worse as we prepare to enter summer.  He says there will be a We Care event tomorrow at Seba Park starting at 11am to help the community get back on its feet.