We met one of the dispaced New Yorkers at a Red Hook shelter over the weekend, and her situation is heartbreaking.
Adelle Letice was visiting the shelter after returning from Staten Island, where she surveyed the damage Sandy did to her home. She was emotional as she took out her phone to show us a video of her basement.
Letice came to Brooklyn on Sunday evening to go to church, bringing one change of clothes with her, and now everything else she owns has disappeared. Including her neighbors. "They can't find Mr. Warren," she told us. She also saw the police “bringing out bodies of people I knew” next door.
Letice is a single mom who paid $500 per month to rent the house for the past year. Now she’s headed back to the PATH shelter in the Bronx. “I have no tears left since Monday morning,” says.
Her sister, Rhese Bena, lives in the Red Hook projects with her children. When we met her on Friday, her building still didn't have electricity or hot water. “I haven’t showered since Sunday night,” she says. “My friends have electricity, so I was able to charge my phone.”
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