Transcript for Hurricane Sandy Aftermath: Staten Island Angry Over Delayed Storm Recovery
And tonight, anger is erupting in some communities near new york, like staten island, where they are sending a plea to elected officials, do not forget us. And we want to show you some new and apocalyptic images coming in from the storm zone now. Children wandering in a kind of moon scape. Teams of rescuers patrolling streets. And body bags after sandy has now claimed nearly 40 lives. More than half of them on staten island, so close to manhattan, but living in devastation. And tonight, "nightline" anchor cynthia McFadden is there, where after four days, the community is shaken. Cynthia? Reporter: Good evening, diane. Every massive tragedy has within it a whole series of smaller ones. One such played out behind me, though, that staircase led to a house, where a mother, father and 13-year-old girl lived. Only the mother survived. Staten island is a whole series of stories, just like that one. In staten island today, a cry for help. We're going to die! If we get killed with the weather, we're going to die! We're going to freeze! We got 90-year-old people! Reporter: This woman pleading with government officials for gasoline, food and clothing. You don't understand. You've got to get your trucks here on this corner now! It's been three days! Reporter: This is one of the hardest hit communities in torque city. Thousands still without power, many homeless. 19 people dead. In devastated neighborhoods overwhelmed by a violent surge of water, residents describe a supersized wave, as high as 11 20 feet. It was coming in rushing like rapids. Reporter: Well, welcome to your house, huh? We met this man, mike. His house is almost completely gone. Just the floorboards remain. He and his wife and two young daughters have been staying with relatives. My youngest daughter yesterday said, daddy, I want to go home. I told her, it's going to be awhile, hon. She don't understand, she's 6. Reporter: He gives us a tour
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