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Midland Beach residents struggle to keep safe and warm

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Some streets are still flooded on Midland Beach in Staten Island with debris everywhere and although many people here lost everything, they still haven't lost the hope that things will get better. 

On Midland Beach, home after home is now condemned. What looks like garbage littering streets is actually everything some people owned. 

"As soon as it gets dark, there are two things we worry about, the cold and the looters," said Pasha Zirkhoff. 

Zirkhoff and his family say they struggle now to keep warm and safe. Police have received reports of looters and some residents are even putting up signs on their front yard. 

"We have to stand guard, if not they try and steal anything – their even trying to rob your house," said Zirkhoff. 

That's when you still have a house.

Flood waters were so strong, they moved one home to the other side of the street, yet homeowner, Janice Clarkin feels fortunate.

"I'm very lucky, said Clarkin. "Everybody is homeless." 

Clarkin feels lucky because Hurricane Sandy only killed 22 people on Staten Island alone. One of the victims was Elaine Hague's uncle who lived on her street. 

Despite losing her loved one, and everything she owned, Elaine says Sandy can never take away her hope.

"I just put one foot in front of the other, keep moving, it'll get better, it'll get better," said Hague. 

Fox 5 witnessed free food and soup being given out and also stopped by a shelter and saw volunteers pouring in from around the city.

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