Oblique aerial photographs of Ocean Beach, Fire Island, New York. The view is looking northwest across Fire Island towards Great South Bay. Overwash from the beach and narrow dunes carried sand inland towards the interior and bayside of the island, and numerous houses were destroyed or severely damaged. The yellow arrow in each image points to the same feature. Photo: USGS
NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama has taken his first look at the devastation that Superstorm Sandy left across New York City, with a helicopter tour above flood-ravaged and burned-out sections of Staten Island and Queens.
Obama took an aerial tour with other officials today over areas such as Breezy Point, where blue tarps cover many homes and debris remains scattered across neighborhoods still drying out more than two weeks after the storm.
The president also met with relief work volunteers along with residents waiting in line at a federal emergency response center at New Dorp High School.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who this week said he plans to request $30 billion in federal aid to help rebuild, joined Obama along with Mayor Michael Bloomberg. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters the Obama administration hasn't yet gotten details of the state's request but says the government will do what it can to cut red tape and help the rebuilding effort.