Nightly News | November 01, 2012
>>> good evening, tonight an entire region of the country remains in the grip of a crisis, large areas are paralyzed, people are suffering and the death toll is rising. and patience is already running out because some of the areas of the civilized society are not working. put it this way, in new york city , people can't find gasoline, and some went to find food from dumpsters from the sto stores, because they have no power or water, and what they have is still good, although it needed to be thrown out. and you will hear the memory of katrina more and more in the coming days. like katrina, three days out, we're still learning about places receiving very little help and attention, like staten island , ann curry has more.
>> reporter: brian, good evening to you, that is right, the outrage boiled over here in staten island , because more than three days after the hurricane here, people from the close-knit community, accused them of responding much slower here than to the richer parts of the city.
>> every single person on this block lost everything.
>> reporter: staten island has had enough.
>> we just want everyone to know that we are hurting down here and we need help, immediately.
>> reporter: residents here are asking why hasn't more help arrived?
>> i think we're not getting more attention, because we are a working class neighborhood. and it is kind of like fend for yourself kind of thing.
>> reporter: on the streets hit with debris, where the death toll has gone up to at least 19, today, the fury was seen live on television.
>> but you need to come here and help us, we need help, please.
>> reporter: they call it a disgrace.
>> they're nowhere to be found. so all the american red cross , all of these people making these big salaries, these big salaries, should be out there on the front line, i am despite disappointed.
>> reporter: meanwhile, they're questioning the city's priority.
>> the city is talking about getting water out of the battery tunnel , and preparing for a marathon.
>> we're pulling bodies out of the water. you see the disconnect here?
>> reporter: today, the new york police and fire department were still going house to house to account for everyone who did not follow the mandatory evacuation order. and you look me straight in the eye and say the response was not disproportionate, from the richer.
>> absolutely not, there are fema task forces assigned here and helping with the searches.
>> we are in the community talking to the residents that have been affected. and we're urging everybody to register with fema.
>> i never planned to leave here, i thought i would stay here.
>> reporter: she didn't lose members of her family but did lose almost everything else.
>> i want to go home, but there is no home, i can't go home, and it is killing me, i want to go home to my house.
>> reporter: at 62 and a grandmother, she is trying to find traces of her life.
>> this is the only wedding photograph of my mom.
>> reporter: a moment of joy, as the water on staten island recedes amid the widespread desperation and grief. and adding to that, two children were found today, the bodies missing. we're looking at the outrage on staten island , and waiting for a response.
>> ann curry , for people not familiar with the city, you can see where ann is on top of 30 rockefeller plaza , and a lot of people are re-thinking holding the new york city marathon, and