Hundreds of homeowners across the city continue to face many frustrations rebuilding and repairing their properties after Hurricane Sandy, including the threat of lingering mold. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
Canarsie resident Josette Glemaud still struggles with the damage Hurricane Sandy left to her home and to her family's health.
"The flood level came all the way up the garage door," recalled Glemaud.
She strained her arms so severely cleaning up she's on disability and can't combat the mold growing behind her basement walls.
Her teenage son Ryan has a mold allergy.
"I've been sneezing a lot sometimes inducing vomiting," said Ryan Glemaud. "I don't know if I'm going to go to sleep and just not wake up because as my mother said I'm mold sensitive."
"It just breaks my heart because I don't want him to get worse health wise," said Josette Glemaud.
In March, she says contractors working with Neighborhood Revitalization NYC inspected her house and found mold.
"It's frustrating because I am not getting the help," Glemaud said.
She says they never returned but the city says she told the contractor not to do the work because she could not afford to replace the walls that would be torn out during the mold remediation, an apparent misunderstanding now settled after NY1 got involved and the mold remediation will proceed.
"We've been dealing with unraveling some of the bureaucratic errors and delays," said New York Legal Assistance Group President Yisroel Schulman.
The New York Legal Assistance Group handles civil legal matters for free and has taken on thousands of Sandy related cases. The non-profit says Glemaud's case is unusual, that after being initially overwhelmed the privately funded Neighborhood Revitalization NYC Mold Treatment Program ran smoothly.
"We actually think the city has done a phenomenal job," Schulman said.
Moving forward, the federally funded Build It Back program is now going into effect. Hundreds of millions of dollars will pay for home repairs, rebuilds, reimbursements or property turn overs.
Residents who wish to apply can call 311.
To reach NYLAG for legal help, call the storm hotline at (212) 584-3365.