Upon Hearing 1010 WINS Story, Hempstead Town Supervisor Promises Cleanup

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Sixteen days after Superstorm Sandy swept through the Tri-State Area, some Long Island residents are still without heat and light.

And although storm woes in the Village of Hempstead have been well-documented, another concernpopped up for some on the island, namely the problem of garbage dumping.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria Reports From Lido Beach

Folks who live in the Lido Dunes neighborhood said it was not bad enough that their homes were flooded by Sandy.

Earlier, the town added insult to injury by dumping what residents said was sewage-soaked debris in a parking lot adjacent to their homes.

Civic Association President Liz Murdy said the garbage is couches, mattresses, cars and food — all of it, she said, is soaked with sewage.

“We don’t know the toxicity of this at this point, but look what happened after 9/11 and look at the health hazards that came inhaling all of that debris,” Murdy told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria.

“If it wasn’t a major health hazard.  If it was an aesthetic problem, I would say ‘ok, it’ll go away.’  This is a major health hazard,” Addy Quinn told D’Auria.

However, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray called the Lido Beach Civic Association president after hearing the story on 1010 WINS and told her the situation would be dealt with on Wednesday.

Fourteen dump trucks will arrive to start hauling away the junk and won’t leave until the job is done.

Meanwhile, the whole a situation has tremendously frustrated Atlantic Beach residents like Shannon Blu, who still has no power as she sits in her “freezing” Albany Avenue townhouse.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria Reports From Atlantic Beach

“I have a kid that’s living in my house and it’s 38 degrees in there,” she said. “They won’t let us use the generator, so we can’t use the generator anymore.”

Blu has nowhere to go. Both her mother and mother-in-law have been flooded. She wants heat and light and is simply fed up with the situation.

“I think everyone’s at fault — LIPA’s at fault, the Village is at fault — everyone’s at fault. It’s enough already. They’re promising today, they promised yesterday,” she said.

Her electric panel got soaked in the storms so she had a new one installed.  Her house was fully inspected, but she still has no power.

“I really can’t get an answer,” Blu said. “I called LIPA. They told me originally they had my certificate. I called back the next day, they didn’t have my certificate.”

An entire condominium complex across the street from Blu also has no power, but she pointed out there was plenty of debris and garbage to go around and that it is all over the street.

“You know what?  I understand it’s a tragedy that’s what’s going on, but everyone’s fighting each other.  LIPA’s fighting this one, the Village is fighting that — we just want heat.  We just want heat, we want lights,” she said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, thousands of LIPA customers were still without electricity.

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