Sheila and Dominic Traina hug in front of their home which was demolished during Superstorm Sandy in Staten Island, N.Y. , Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. (Photo: AP)
Fox News host Neil Cavuto spent part of his Saturday program exploring the devastation in some of the worst-hit areas of Superstorm Sandy, noting that roughly a week later, help still has not reached many of those who need it.
Fox News contributor John Tabacco called in from Staten Island to relate the situation on the ground, and said there has been no federal assistance "whatsoever." The only thing the "convoys" of those who appear to be FEMA agents and homeland security officials have done, he said, is "drive around with clipboards writing things down."
"We have volunteers and other people coming out giving water from their own homes. People need gloves. People need blankets and you can get to these homes. The question is, where is the government assistance? ...There's not a federal agent helping a single person where we are."
But that's not the worst of it.
A dump truck empties trash collected from Superstorm Sandy damaged homes on November 3, 2012 in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo: Getty Images)
Many of those in Staten Island are saying the death toll will be far higher once we have all the facts, partially because of terrifying situations like what Tabacco described:
“This morning we’re distributing stuff here and we’re helping people dig out, and we hear the sanitation guys scream out that there are bodies in the pile. Everybody jumps on the pile and starts pulling away debris. And, unfortunately, probably not reported right now, but that was about an hour and a half ago, certainly three more people deceased. God bless them…"
Here is video of the interview, via Gateway Pundit:
The host remarked:
"The reason why we're going back to Staten Island, showing it, is you might hear from officials at FEMA and the administration that everything is fine, that teams are on the ground and they're addressing this. The fact of the matter is it is not fine, take a look at what's going on in Staten Island. That is not 'fine'...
"When we were talking yesterday about officials of all stripes patting themselves on the back, it is little a mystery why so many of their constituents want to just give them a swift kick in the rear."
As time passes with little or no help, fears of crime and looting are on the rise as well. In nearby Coney Island, roving gangs are already terrorizing the streets, causing people to board themselves in their houses until order is restored.
Here is video of Cavuto's interview with Maryanne Alessio, a Staten Island resident who had much more to say about the devastation, and the government's response:
(H/T: Gateway Pundit)