NEW YORK CITY— Roughly 1,000 city homes were obliterated by Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday.
Bloomberg, speaking on his weekly WOR Radio show, said that roughly 80,000 coastal homes also suffered water damage, some so badly that utility companies still won’t restore their heat or electricity.
“The biggest group of people who are suffering are those who are in single- and two-family homes without electricity or heat,” Bloomberg said.
The majority of these homes are in the Rockaways, Staten Island and Coney Island, all shoreline neighborhoods that were ravaged by the storm.
Power and heat should be restored by early next week to most of the roughly 30,000 homes that still don’t have the utilities, he added.
But some of these homes won’t have power until utility companies determine whether they have saltwater residue on their wiring that will spark a fire if electricity is restored, according to Con Edison.