Updated 11/01/2012 08:12 PM
Many Monticello residents continue to cope without power
Many homes and businesses throughout Sullivan County are still without power, after Sandy swept through on Monday. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt tells us how the Monticello community is coping.
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MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- Norma Martinez said, “I’m sort of like fed up, desperate, getting depressed, because it’s hard.”
Martinez is among the many Monticello homeowners who have been without power since Monday. She said she and her family have no heat and hot water and are growing colder by the day.
“I have to have my jacket on my hat on just to be warm inside,” said Martinez.
Brandon Morales noted, “I never thought this would happen like this.”
And down the street, Martinez's neighbor said he and his family are equally as frustrated with the conditions.
Morales said, “It’s just been rough man. We had to go to her brother’s house. This whole block is without power.”
And to make matters worse, downed trees and wires are littered across the streets. One home on Hammond Street was spared by a heavy tree crashing just feet in front of it, but down the road, Irwin Litt wasn’t as lucky.
Litt said, “This house is a very sturdy structure and it seems to be holding the weight of the tree but, if it’s anything different it would have gone through the roof I’m sure.”
The mayor said crews have been working nonstop to repair the damage. But as of now, power outages and destruction will keep schools and the Monticello Village administrative offices closed until Monday.
Monticello Mayor Gordon Jenkins said, “We’re cleaning it up as we go. It’s a lot of devastation, but we’re pulling through."
The mayor said NYSEG expects the majority of the area to have power restored by Sunday.