On the Lower East Side, ‘having lights on the street would help’

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Kelly Magee, an aide to City Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who represents parts of Lower Manhattan and Chinatown, said there were some delays in getting FEMA food delivered to a dispatch center at Confucius Plaza.

There is another food delivery being made there now, and there's already a long line of people waiting for it.

Yesterday, the need for food and water was pretty dramatic down there. (Some residents were filmed and photographed dumpster-diving for food.)

"Our main concerns are just food and water, making sure everybody has enough to get them through," Magee said. "The longer this gets, the angrier people are becoming."

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Officials in Lower Manhattan are also asking for equipment to help them open up fire hydrants to gain access to water, she said.

Magee also said there are volunteers directing traffic with reflective vests but no flashlights, creating an obvious hazard after dark, and that they're asking for extra generators and floodlights from the mayor's office.

"Having lights on the street would help," she said.