Remembering Sandy: ‘All Hell Broke Loose’ at Jacob Riis Houses

Two weeks ago, the Jacob Riis Houses were hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Annie Stergis, 80, and her daughter Sharon, 50, were among those trapped on the 13th floor of a darkened high-rise as water from the East River flooded Avenue D.

Having lost a leg following an incident that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, Annie, a diabetic, didn’t want to evacuate her apartment and go to a shelter that might not be able to accommodate her medical needs. After a third day without power, as her food supply diminished, she feared that any small injury to her remaining leg might leave her in dire straights.

In this video, the Sergises tell their story.