Residents are still waiting for electricity, gas & access to storm damaged homes
POSTED: Friday, November 2, 2012 - 9:30am
UPDATED: Friday, November 2, 2012 - 9:34am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Millions of people across the Northeast are beginning a fifth day without power.
The devastation from Hurricane Sandy continues to reveal new complications making for a long and difficult recovery.
The once bustling and world famous Atlantic City boardwalk is now dismantled and empty.
Fortunately, the calvary is arriving.
Planes full of electrical repair vehicles and volunteers from out of state are working to get the lights back on in the Northeast.
Still, for the millions of people without power, those lights have already been out too long.
From New York City to New Jersey desperation is now replacing sadness.
Crews are trying to salvage mere shells of once thriving communities, but residents locked out of their homes for safety reasons are losing patience.
Attempts at normalcy are plagued with complications.
On the roads traffic jams and gas lines are so long people are arriving literally on empty.
In New York City many are questioning the mayor's priorities as the city prepares for its yearly marathon, which draws tens of thousands to Manhattan.
"We're pulling bodies out of the water. You see the disconnect here?" complained Congressman Michael Grimm.
There may be no rest for the weary.
Forecasters say a winter storm could be headed toward the areas already hit by Sandy, and it could arrive well before all the power is restored next week.