Sandy Recovery: Long Island

By Dave Greber

November 1, 2012 Updated Nov 1, 2012 at 9:39 AM EST

Rockville Centre, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Sandy left its damage on the east coast and days later, people's patience is put to the test.

At a Rockville Centre gas station, a man was seen yelling, "Officer, this guy's going to pull out a gun. Is there a cop around?"

At 3 a.m., a line for gas at the Hess station in Rockville Centre stretched for half a block. Most were filling small gas cans by the truck full, all in an effort to heat their homes, or live by dim light until the power is restored to the rest of the island.

More than a million people were without power at the storm's peak.

As of Wednesday afternoon, electric provider National Grid reported 75 percent of the island was still in the dark.

Melissa Aber was one of the estimated 15 to 20,000 people who didn't obey weekend orders to evacuate as Sandy zeroed in.

She woke Monday to feet of water in her home and her furniture floating in her living room.

Aber said, "You can't get mad, like that guy, he's getting mad. Over what? If everyone worked together, it would make it so much easier. We didn't expect it this bad, though. We really didn't."

She adds that she's prepared to hunt for the shortest lines for gas and other essentials for days. And she intends to keep a cool head.

Action News Chief Videographer Sam Gaddes and Action News Reporter Dave Greber will be providing reports from Long Island as residents there continue their recovery.

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