As power failures and massive flooding overwhelmed lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook Tuesday, small businesses scrambled to recover and salvage thousands of dollars of inventory amid the aftermath of Sandy.
Susan Povich, co-owner of the Red Hook Lobster Pound, took to social media Tuesday morning and pleaded for a walk-in freezer. "DO ANYOF (sic) OUR PATRONS OR FRIENDS HAVE A WALK IN FREEZER THAT IS WORKING AND HAS SPACE?," they asked on their @Redhooklobster Twitter page.
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"We have about $65,000 worth of inventory. That's a lot for a small business," Povich said, adding that Red Hook Lobster supplies the new Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, where the Brooklyn Nets basketball team plays.
"Our generator was floating" amid flooding, she said on the Red Hook Lobster Twitter feed.
Red Hook, Brooklyn Recovers
Red Hook Lobster has been in business for four years and is among many small businesses in Red Hook, which is located in New York's Zone A, where a mandatory evacuation was ordered Sunday.
Another Red Hook businessman, Gregory T. O'Connell, reported on his Twitter feed @theoconnellorg hat is office at Pier 41 was damaged with three feet of water. The O'Connell Organization is a family-owned and operated real estate business with more than 150 properties in Brooklyn and Western New York.
Many neighborhood ground-floor businesses have experienced some water damage.