Sandy Victims Have New Hope For New Year
The change in the calendar does not mean a change in circumstances for many Hurricane Sandy victims who, two months later, are still trying to put their lives together. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
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Karen Francisquini spent the last two months of 2012 cleaning up from Hurricane Sandy and the first day of 2013 doing the same thing.
"It's a mess the more you clean the more the next day you have to clean again. So it's going to be a while," Francisquini said.
Hurricane Sandy sent utility poles through Karen's fence while three feet of flood water destroyed the first floor of her Hamilton Beach home.
Francisquini says Rapid Repairs never responded and FEMA turned her down because her family has flood insurance.
"It's like a ghost town because everyone is waiting for the insurance to come through...if they had insurance," Francisquini said.
One couple who lives in a home in the Roxbury section of the Rockaways didn't have any flood insurance. They're in their 80s.
"I think they're going to love coming into their new home in the new year," said Raymond McGregor of Operation Blessing.
Operation Blessing is rebuilding the flood ravaged home for free.
George Siler and his wife, Patricia, work for Operation Blessing. The humanitarian arm of the Christian Broadcasting Network says its workers and volunteers have stripped hundreds of homes damaged by Sandy but are now just starting one of their first rebuilding projects in the borough.
"It makes me feel real good to be an arm of God," Patricia Siler noted.
"I always say things could be worse," Francisquini added.
Francisquini said she's not getting help from anyone, but her family will keep fighting to recover everyday.
"I'm still thankful to God cause that's the way that I am but hopefully 2013 is a better year," Francisquini said.