Howard Beach Family Faces Struggle To Rebuild After Sandy Devastation
Families have been pulling together to help each other rebuild after hurricane sandy, but that has been especially difficult for one Howard Beach family, as all of their relatives were devastated by the storm. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.
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After a long day of working construction, Brian Segur heads home to Howard Beach. He meets up with a cousin along the way and heads to the family's grocery store on 102nd Street. Segur owns it, and his little cousin is helping him to rebuild it.
"He's been going to school every day and then coming home and trying to help me," Segur said.
Matthew Saler has had a long day, too. Flood waters destroyed his high school. His temporary school is now an hour away.
"It's crazy. It's really too much," Saler said. "You make it work."
For them, the work is just beginning. They're also helping other family members to rebuild, so it's going to be a long night as they go from house to house.
The homes of Segur's other relatives were flooded, so they're all staying together.
"Nieces, nephews, sisters," Segur said. "There's 10 of us."
The kids are ready to go home, but it may take a while. There are 10 homes to fix.
"My grandmother's house, my house, my mother's house, my sister's house, and my two uncles' houses are up the block," Segur said.
Segur's brand new house was destroyed in the storm. He's trying to fix that and the grocery store in time for Christmas. His pregnant wife want to go home.
With his cousin's help, he believes he can do it. They said they won't stop until the entire family is back on their feet.