PROSSER, Wash. -- Super storm Sandy devastated parts of the Northeast two weeks ago, but many in New York and New Jersey are still struggling to clean up, find gas , and get their electricity back.
19 year old Zachary Berry grew up in Prosser and graduated from Kamiakin High School. Earlier this year he moved to Long Island to live with his mother. He says these last two weeks have been difficult for their family and small community of East Rockaway.
"It's bad. There were boats scattered through out the streets, some of the roads are literally collapsing because of backed up sewage pipes. If just go down back-roads, you can just see houses with stuff piled up in front because of water damage, its terribly, terribly flooded," is how Berry describes his new home, 25 miles outside Manhattan.
Zach's mother, Erin Burnett took in nine relatives and their pets because of flood damage and loss of power. "No hot water, no heat, and I had my power turned on about four days ago," Burnett said.
Burnett is still out of work because her office has no power, but she has been using her free time for good, gathering donations from a Facebook Fan page created called, "You know your from East Rockaway." Through the page she managed to raise $2,600 and is using the money to help out neighbors.
"All the supplies that the churches and the East Rockaway Fire Department need. I bring the supplies over to them. And everyone in East Rockaway that got way more damage than me gets to shop though the supplies," Burnett said.
In the meantime, friends and families are helping out in the Prosser community too. Family friend Jerrie Lyn Thomas, started collecting donations locally. "we need dust masks, flashlights, rubber boots, ropes, batteries, baby formula, diapers," said Thomas. She also says they are not accepting any clothing or food at this time, just everyday necessities, and cleaning supplies, winter coats gloves.
Thomas says Prosser Bethel Church is her new "HUB" for donation drop-off's. hours are M-F 8 A.M. TO 2 P.M. Also, Saturday Nov 17th, & Sat Dec. 1st.
Many Prosser businesses are helping setting up drop-offs as well including Alexandria Nicole Cellars, Cook's True Value, 6th Street Coffee Shack, and 7 Degrees.
Zach's father Jason, who lives in Kennewick set up an account for the family and victims at Bank of America, under Jason and Zach Berry.