Superstorm Sandy may be more than a month behind us, but the danger still lingers in damaged homes.
Homeowners in Long Island’s flood zones have been taking precautions, using protective suits, masks, gloves and boots as they warily clear muck, sewage and mold-infested wallboard. Hundreds of residents have been seeking medical attention.
In damaged neighborhoods in the city, there’s something of a pecking order based on color in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.
With the extended flooding due to Sandy’s storm surge, officials said it is best for residents to take their time now rather than deal with bigger problems down the road.
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.
The water has receded from most homes, but that doesn’t mean they’re completely dried out. The damp conditions created by Superstorm Sandy leave many at risk for mold growth.
The closure will have a ripple effect on the rest of the district because students will have to share the high school on a split session.
Teachers at a school in Morningside Heights have come forward to speak up about mold in New York City public schools. One said she came forward because the school is making her sick and she wants everyone to know.
New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the city did its job in handling a mold problem at two Williamsburg schools and that recent air tests “came back with a clean bill of health.”
Parents have demanded that their children be relocated, but officials, including city health inspectors, have tried to reassure parents that recent testing revealed low levels of mold.
The cleanup at Willingboro High School initially was expected to take about a week. It was closed Sept. 12, after several mold-infested areas were found inside the building.
Flood waters are long gone, but it is still a struggle in part of Little Falls.
A chalkboard and other classroom materials damaged by the recent flooding are being tossed into large trash bins outside Memorial Middle School.
District officials said it is unsafe for students to be inside the Wilson Avenue School in Newark. Flooding, they said, has caused dangerous mold to form inside.
For James Shaljian, his wife and four daughters, it was an emotional moment when their home of 20 years was torn down to make way for a new one.