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The ravages of HurricaneSandy on my home

By: Mary Scafo

Created: Nov 15, 2012

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Howard Beach is a neighborhood in the southwestern portion of the New York City borough of Queens. We have been hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, my sister and her 2 children (who reside at this address with me, my mother and my other sister and niece) had a basement apartment in our house. We had over 5 ft. of water in her apt.-she lost everything. She has Myasthenia gravis which is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease characterized by varying degrees of weakness of the skeletal (voluntary) muscles of the body, so it has been really hard on her. At one point we thought we would also lose the 1st floor, but we were lucky it stopped right at the door. It was really a struggle to get help out here, a lot of other areas received more aid than we did. Now we have 7 people living in a 4 bedroom house. We are doing our best to get electric, plumbing, heating etc. up and running-the contractor I had do the roofing and shingles a few years ago should be along within thenext 4 days-it's been almost 3 weeks since the hurricane hit and we are still numb. (Verizon claimed to not even hear of hurricane Sandy when we called regarding downed wires belonging to them, just as an example.) My brother lives in Beach Channel and he lost his entire house, my cousin lives in Island Park and she also lost her entire house. My niece and I lost our cars even though we parked on higher ground, they were totally submerged. On top of all that I was laid-off and so was my sister. I don't know where to turn at this point. Fema and my house insurance will not cover everything, I am not even sure if the amount will cover rebuilding when they arrive at what we are entitled to, however long that will take. I don't have photo's right now of what the basement apt. looked like, most were lost but attached are the after photos of the effects of Hurricane Sandy on our home. She had 3 bedrooms, and although the demo crew gutted her apt. the framework is still there. They also sparyed for mold, mildew etc. so that is a big plus, although I am not sure what to do about the ruined lawn and backyard (our garage was also submerged to about 5 ft.. Hurricane Sandy crashed our home and if you could crash our home it would show mother nature who is more resilient.

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