11/16/2012 11:06 am ET

City Should Have Required Evacuations Ahead of Sandy, Canarsie Locals Say

CANARSIE — Residents along Canarsie's devastated waterfront are slamming the city for underestimating the threat of floods before Hurricane Sandy.

The city assigned Canarsie to Zone B — rather than the more vulnerable Zone A — and did not require residents to evacuate.

“Jamaica Bay is in their backyards,” said Tony Herbert, a community advocate who met with residents last Sunday. “The bottom line is they should have been in Zone A to begin with so that they could have at least protected their belongings even if they weren’t going to leave.”

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