ROXBURY - Roxbury residents say they are Sandy victims too, and they’re looking for their share of superstorm relief funds.
Roxbury Township Manager Chris Raths says up to 40,000 cubic yards of Sandy demolition debris is already in the landfill, much of that in the form of gypsum dry wall from destroyed and damaged homes.
That dry wall breaks down and emits the foul-smelling, noxious gas known as Hydrogen Sulfide, or H2S.
Raths says the odor has become so bad, residents of 700 homes near the site have had to leave their homes at least 40 times.
A resolution passed by the Roxbury City Council asks for $53 million in FEMA funds to fix the problem. It also says residents should not have to suffer the impacts of "importing Superstorm Sandy debris."