Sal from Brooklyn, on Wall St on Flickr.
I found Sal working on Williams St, with Con Edison, to pump out a garage full of sea water. Downtown Manhattan (Wall St) was one of the worst areas hit by Sandy, which flooded many areas of New York with as much as 12 feet of water. Sal couldn’t even leave work to go to his home in Brooklyn from Sun to Wednesday. “We’ve been working non-stop, 12 hour shifts, and had to sleep in the office until Wednesday. For the first part of the week, there was no way to travel between the boros of New York. “We’d sleep in the office, maybe 3 or 4 hours at a time.”
“I was here on 9/11, and this is worse. Then you had all the dust, but this is sea water. We’ve got 11 feet of salt water in many places, and that’s the worst kind. It messes with everything.”
On top of that, oil seeped into several areas of water, and they have to do tests to make sure it’s safe. Sal didn’t sound too happy about that last part.
Tomorrow, Sal and his partner are taking the day off.
This picture is #19 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page