NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — After Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Queens peninsula the Rockaways have become a lawless area where power and food are in short supply, according to locals.

Looters posing as Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) workers have been knocking on doors late at night, but locals said that help has yet to arrive.

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1010 WINS reporter Gary Baumgarten reports…

Residents told 1010 WINS reporter Gary Baumgarten that looting and thievery have become such serious threats that taking up arms and fleeing town are the best options for staying safe.

“If you got bags coming in and they see that they can rob you,” said Thomas, who plans on taking a bus out of the Rockaways.

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Other residents looked for ways to help their neighbors following the devastating storm.

Volunteers helped clean up debris and collected food and water at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club , and members of the local Sikh community pitched in as well.

“We decided to do what is best known for Sikhs, and give to the community who need it most,” a representative for United Sikhs told 1010 WINS.

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