CANARSIE - Residents in Canarsie are pleading for a helping hand from the Department of Environmental Protection, saying they are still dealing with damage from Hurricane Irene, weeks after it hit.

Members of the East 84th Street Block Association demanded answers when they met with Assemblyman Alan Maisel on Thursday night. The residents complained of a broken sewer line. Maisel said he spoke with a representative from the DEP, who stated that upgrading the sewer line would be costly and take 10 to 15 years to fix.

Canarsie homeowners will hold a meeting led by state Sen. John Sampson next Wednesday on Seaview Avenue. A representative from the DEP is scheduled to attend.