The Sea Gate community in Brooklyn usually gets slammed by storms and is quick to bounce back. But six months later, Hurricane Sandy is taking a lasting toll on the waterfront neighborhood. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.
Six months after Hurricane Sandy hit, not much has changed at the DeAngelis home in Sea Gate. The family is still displaced.
"We still feel like it's the second week after the storm even though the world has moved on. And everyone is worried about other things, other catastrophes in the world and other problems in the world. We still feel like we're in that state of what's going on, where can we get help," said Sea Gate resident Pasquale DeAngelis.
Six people shared the two-family home. Since Sandy, some chose to stay with relatives, others rented an apartment. They would like to move back to their house but they were denied insurance money because they weren't covered for flooding. They are now suing their insurance company. They were given money from FEMA but the $31,000 is not enough to cover the cleanup and rebuilding.
"We don't know what to do. do we sell? We don't want to sell in this condition because nobody is going to buy it for what it's worth," DeAngelis said.
Looking around the neighborhood, some homeowners left the Sandy damage as is, others chose to rebuild. DeAngelis said the decision boiled down to how the homes were classified by the city. His home received numerous red tags, meaning it was deemed unsafe.
"The green and yellow got the Rapid Repairs. Those people were helped out. But the red tagged houses weren't eligible for Rapid Repairs," DeAngelis noted.
DeAngelis said they saved what they could. But some items haven't been seen since Sandy, like the piano.
If they could get financial help, the DeAngelis family says they would like to stay and rebuild better, though much of the neighborhood is still not back.
The police station was destroyed and for a while used a trailer as its headquarters. Six months later, they're now operating out of a chapel.