A detour sign is seen at East 20th Street and Avenue C in Lower Manhattan as the first phase of major construction is underway. Credit: Brahmjot Kaur/Inside Climate News Carlos Jusino has lived in the Lower East Side of Manhattan for over 35 years and remembers Hurricane Sandy as the longest two weeks of his life. As the neighborhood flooded, his family was left boiling water on a gas stovetop. Without heat, every blanket in their apartment was in use. The City and FEMA provided military MREs to residents in the neighborhood, and Jusino was forced to send his asthmatic son, who was 7, to stay with his grandmother and uncle in Brooklyn so that he could use his nebulizer if he needed it. “Through the grace of God, we made it through, and we grew stronger as family,” said Jusino, 38, a building maintenance man, explaining how he now keeps a survival kit in his home—“batteries, satellite radio, flashlights, you know.” “Hurricane Sandy should have put people into perspective where they should be prepared for the unexpected,” he said. We deliver climate news to your inbox like nobody else. Every day or once a week, our original stories […]


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