"The baseball field behind Egbert Middle School is pitch black as our journalist team, led by Liam (who prefers his last name not be used), a Staten Island resident who swam flood waters to rescue neighbors as the nearby ocean swallowed his community, walk down an unlit street strewn with the detritus of Hurricane Sandy’s watery rage. Liam wants to show us what the neighborhood has been abuzz over: the site of what was a makeshift morgue, in the hopes that we might challenge what many here in Midland Beach see as an official orchestrated attempt to downplay Sandy’s death toll.
Midland Beach, a tight-knit working class neighborhood on the Island,
has largely been washed away. What remains are uninhabitable homes and
harsh utility floodlights that pierce the inky darkness to discourage
looters, as unmarked police cars patrol the shells of former
It is the closest to Hell any of us have ever been.
“It was in here,” he says as he beckons us to enter.
Taking just a few steps yields the stench of death. Like this smell, the truth of what happened here isn’t easily dismissed.
As with any story that spreads through a tight-knit community,
especially in a disaster, there are inconsistencies and
friends-of-friends third and fourth-hand accounts to rely on. Some say
the flood victims, which rumor has it are to be found within the school,
broke into the premises to seek shelter from the rising waters or the
cold, only to meet with tragedy. Others claim that the bodies were found
elsewhere and the school was used because the nearby Staten Island
University Hospital’s morgue, with a capacity of no more than 50, could
not handle the intake.
Rumors are natural, but this isn’t sensational gossip."
Click the Above to RTWT, and maybe some people can understand why I am so adamant about the KTD Project.
People died and the .GOV is hiding the facts. People who if they had information might not have died. People are homeless and without shelter, who might not be without shelter, if only they had the information they could use to prevent it.