As New York City continues the recovery from Superstorm Sandy, we travel to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, one of its hardest-hit areas. At least five feet of water flowed through most of Red Hook during the Sandy high-tide storm surge, flooding the commercial district and hundreds of apartments of people that live on the first floor or basement levels. On Wednesday, the day before the National Guard and FEMA arrived in the neighborhood, the Democracy Now! team interviewed a number of people who, hours after surviving the storm, began self-organizing relief efforts, including the Red Hook Initiative, a community organization that has teamed up with the Occupy Wall Street offshoot Occupy Sandy to provide food, water and other supplies to local residents, as well as coordinate clean-up efforts. We also speak to business owners and local residents, and visit the devastated local urban farm, Added Value.

Democracy Now! Flooded by Sandy, Residents of Brooklyn Community Red Hook Organize Local Effort for Urgent Relief