Tension Soars as Light Dims in Far Rockaway, NY

Residents struggle without fuel, electricity and food after superstorm Sandy ravages area.
3:00 | 11/02/12

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gas lines all across the region right now. One of the reasons so many communities are on-edge, as millions, sam pointed out, face a fifth day without power, as the temperature is dropping and basic supplies is running low. One of the hard-hit communities, rockaway, new york, and linsey davis reports from there this morning. Reporter: It is a mess out here, george. We witnessed that for ourselves firsthand last night. On top of everything else these people are dealing with, there's stuff like this. The roads are covered in sand, which makes it rather treacherous coming in and out. In the daylight, it's easy to see the scope of the devastation. But in order to really feel it, it takes being here in the dark. For those who never left the rack rockaways, there's a real sense of being stuck. Anger and a feeling of abandonment are mounting. We're notng around singing "kumbaya." This is a dangerous situation. And it's a real dangerous place in the dark. Reporter: Many of the residents we spent the night with, said they never felt more in the shadows of manhattan until now. A feeling of isolation that intensifies at night. For this family, a bit of relief arrived thursday night. How relieved are you to have a generator? It's nice to have light. Reporter: But they're afraid of running of fuel. What's been the most difficult part about all this? I think that the isolation that you feel here. You feel like nobody knows what's going on. Reporter: It is 11:00, 48 degrees. And the temperature continues to drop. I wish there was a way to communicate how eerie it is on this block. The houses are pitch-black. They're staying here to protect what they have left from looters. Safety's also a concern for katie richardson, who moved here from louisiana. She's bound to stay here alone. Something she's endured before, during hurricane katrina. I know what bad damage looks like. My katrina house, all the way up to the ceiling. Reporter: Katie and her neighbors have created a support system of sorts. Just all closer together. Reporter: They meet up every night and talk and eat by candlelight. Without you, I'd be lost. Reporter: But warm thoughts aren't enough. And many here now fear things will only get worse as the nights grow colder. Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place. This car sandwiched between a utility pole. And this is the boardwalk. Some people say they've heard they're not going to get power restored for another month. We kept hearing, where is fema? Where is the red cross? Where are the elected officials?

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