NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In the storm-ravaged, flood-damaged Brooklyn community of Gerritsen Beach, residents were worried about the mold and the repairs as work went on to get back to normal.

“Every house, every basement down here has got the mold,” a carpenter in the neighborhood named John told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon. “The only thing you can do is air them out, put a bullet heater in them, dry them out, and you’ve got to kill it.”

1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reports

The mold must be eliminated with bleach, after getting rid of anything damp, he said.

There were piles around Gerritsen Beach of what were once basement walls, shredded carpets and furniture in front of each house.

Dan Smith said it has been a slow cleanup.

“But sanitation, give them five stars, they are doing a great job,” he said. “And Con Ed, I’ve seen them working all day and night and I would not want that job.”

Power has been returning in the area one house at a time.

“We got power on last night. I actually watched the football game last night,” Smith said.

But many of his neighbors’ homes were still without, since they still needed to make repairs.

Located in southern Brooklyn just east of Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach is occupied largely by police officers, firefighters and paramedics.

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