NY1 For You: Flooded Basements Force Coney Island Tenants To Stay In The Dark
More and more city residents are seeing their power restored from Sandy, but tenants in some buildings in Coney Island, Brooklyn cannot get their power back, because Consolidated Edison still needs to inspect flood and wind damage to electric and gas equipment. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.
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There is grave concern coming from Coney Island, where elderly and disabled tenants on a building without power say they are severely struggling without power.
"I don't know what to do, if no one cares about us. We are dying now," says tenant Larissa Cherliak.
The power cannot be turned back on until their landlord pumps their flooded basement.
"All the water has to be removed, thoroughly dried and then the power could be restored," says tenant Harold Steinberg.
"Two days water was staying in the basement, and when Con Edison turns on the electricity we could not get anything because we were in dangerous situation," says Cherliak.
"It's too wet in the basement and we all got the notices that it's restricted to go in there but meanwhile they're not pumping out the water," says tenant Arthur Vacshenko.
NY1 spoke to the super of the building, who said there the structure has a generator to pump the water, but it broke. He said the landlord of the building is doing everything he can to fix the situation.
The landlord then contacted NY1 and said the water came back after it was pumped out because of a flooded construction site next door. He went on to say he will continue pumping every two hours.
In the meantime, the landlord said the residents should not be living there because the building is restricted, but tenants say they have no choice.
"We don't have place where to go," said a tenant.
These residents are not alone. At least two other buildings along Sea Breeze Avenue have flooded basements that need pumping before the power can be restored, and tenants hope it can happen before another storm hits.