Inside the darkened stairwells of high-rise apartments on Manhattan's Lower East Side, residents battle power outages, and each other.

On Monday night, Hurricane Sandy's flood waters inundated electrical equipment underneath lower Manhattan and left hundreds of thousands of residents there without power. By Wednesday afternoon, nearly 240,000 were still in the dark, with no clear end in sight. Climate Desk visited one historic high-rise apartment where residents were running perilously low on water, food, and patience.

This piece is by James West and Tim McDonnell of The Climate Desk.