Storm aftermath 'a lot worse than how it's being portrayed by media'
'Sons of Anarchy' star: Storm aftermath 'a lot worse than how it's being portrayed by media'
...ďItís so bad here, a lot worse than how its being portrayed by the media. They are finding bodies left and right, elderly people who donít even watch the news or who knew the storm was coming. I was just with one of my best friends from high school and college, and his house is completely gone. One story I heard was about this one guy who evacuated his house during Hurricane Irene but then it got looted. So when they told him to evacuate for Sandy, he said, ĎIím not leaving.í Now they canít find him, his 13-year-old daughter is dead, and his wife is in critical condition at the hospital. These are the stories. My stepfather and my mother, I love them to death. But when they heard the storm was coming, they said, ĎItís not going to be that bad. Irene didnít do anything.í They had two flashlights and a couple of scented candles. Little did they know. Itís just not worth it. If youíre told to evacuate, you need to get out.
The one weird thing is how there is no power. The other weird thing is how thereís no gas. To get gas requires a three-and-a-half hour wait. Itís like this odd, post-apocalyptic kind of thing. Most trees are down. Power lines are down. Itís like a movie, or like The Walking Dead. You canít believe it. Especially when you grow up here. I moved to Los Angeles in 1999, but this has always been my home. Thereís the place I kissed a girl, thatís the place I played handball. I know this island in and out. To see it completely destroyed is bizarre.
Iíve been trying to hit every shelter on Staten Island to do what I can, just to make people smile. A lot of people know me and know Iím from here. My flight has been changed six times now. Finally, I got a flight for Sunday. Then, the city decides they are going ahead with the New York City Marathon. The bridges will be closed, so I canít get to the airport. How are they doing a marathon when most people donít have power? On top of it, the hotels in Manhattan have been nice enough to put up people who have no homes. They are charging them $200 as opposed to $700 a night. But now they are throwing these people out because theyíve got people from all over the world coming to run the marathon. They are throwing out the survivors! So I call Jet Blue and say I canít fly Sunday because I canít get from Staten Island to JFK Airport. And they said ĎOkay Theo.í They know me know because Iíve been calling them every 15 minutes. They say, ĎTheo, we can get you on a flight Friday.í I say book it! I call up the car service, and they say, ĎWe canít pick you up, we have no gas.í All my friends on Staten Island say, ĎHow are we going to get you there? We have no gas.í And the people who do have gas, donít want to waste it going to JFK. So Iíve got to call and change my flight again. Now Iím leaving Monday. Everybody says if we donít have gas in our cars by Monday, if the roads arenít clear by Monday, thatís it Ö weíre throwing in the towel.
Iím really glad Iím here to help and do anything, but Iíve never seen anything like this. Iím just glad Iím here with my family. A shout out and thank you to all the amazing city workers who have been working around the clock. Police, fire, sanitation. You all are the true fabric of this city.Ē