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Nor'easter Makes A Bad Situation Worse In Gerritsen Beach

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After Hurricane Sandy residents of Gerritsen Beach lost power and heat, but now that Wednesday's nor'easter has blown through, residents say things have only gotten worse. NY1's Roger Clark has more.

Donald Lang has lived on the canal in Gerritsen Beach for 50 years. In all that time, he said he never went through an experience like Sandy.

"I've been flooded by many hurricanes, the yard and the basement, but this is ridiculous," Lang said.

Lang said the main problem now is the lack of power, which has been out since Sandy rushed through this neighborhood on a peninsula in South Brooklyn.

"They can't put the juice back on because they're going to have fires, or we'll become another Breezy Point," Lang said. "The poles are fine, it's just everybody's electrical box went underwater."

The nor'easter that hit a little more than a week after Sandy has forced weary and cold residents to shovel snow after spending yet another night without heat.

"I have a wife and three young girls," said Salvatore Speciale, who lives in Gerritsen Beach. "Right now, everybody is sick with some kind of flu they're coming up with now. And I'm the only one to basically come out here, so it's a big inconvenience. It's cold and there's no one else to help me so I have to do it."

Some have said that despite the wind and snow that came with the nor'easter, the temperature drop is what has made it so bad.

"We expected the worst after seeing [Sandy], so the only thing that really affected us was the cold," said Gerritsen Beach resident Nick Zubrick.

But the whole situation is getting very old for those who live here, along with the fear that the outages could last for weeks to come.

"I don't want to play anymore," Lang said. "I've had it. I'm disastered out."

"We have to get electric back on, the power back on," Zubrick said. "Everybody is freezing over here. If the weather gets colder, there's going to be a lot more serious injuries over here, deaths maybe. Who knows?"

Residents are asking for licensed plumbers and electricians to come and help with home inspections so they can get their power back.

For more information, contact the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department at 718-332-9292.

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