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Sandy One Year Later: S.I. Woman Among Displaced Residents Still Living In Donated Trailers

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After losing their homes in Sandy, there are still some families living in temporary trailer homes in Connecticut. NY1's Arlene Borenstein filed the following report.

Staten Island seamstress Marianne Daino latches onto one of the few items she can call her own.

"When I sew clothes for people I think of their character and I add certain thoughts of good luck to them," Daino said.

She's a living example of good luck herself. A neighbor saved her life during the storm.

"I opened up my front door and the water pulled me out into the street," recalled Daino. "I ended up in a tree. I call it my father's hands because it just held me up and as the water getting to my nose I hear this voice, 'Don't move.' I thought it was God. I says 'I'm ready, I'm ready!'"

The voice was actually a neighbor who threw Daino a line to safety, pulling her from the water. But Daino's home was destroyed and is now in foreclosure.

She and a group of other New York families who also lost their homes found shelter in trailers donated by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. But they had to leave the city behind. The only space they could find for the trailers was on a church lot in New Milford, Connecticut, more than 70 miles away.

"We were able to put in 20 home subdivision and have the homes built and fully furnished and turnkey ready in 28 days," said Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation Director of Operations John Hodges.

Now these Sandy victims face yet another challenge. Come December 31, they'll have to move out of these trailers and find another place to live.

"It was our goal to make sure that after one year everyone left that everyone was happy, successful and this was a project we could say mission accomplished. We're not there yet but were still trying," Hodges noted.

Daino still isn't sure where she will go. But she says her five rescue cats are coming with her. Whether it was luck or their nine lives, when Daino made it back to her destroyed home two days after Sandy, she found them all alive and well. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP