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NY1 For You: Vacant Home Damaged By Sandy Could Become A Health Hazard

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An abandoned bungalow severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island is now a growing cause for concern to some nearby residents who say it is becoming structurally unsound and dangerous. NY1's Arlene Borenstein filed the following NY1 For You report.

An abandoned bungalow has become more than just an eyesore to many residents in the Dongan Hills section of Staten Island.

"Myself and some of the neighbors have been worried about possible health hazards that could be coming out of this house," says Christian Zagami, a neighbor.

These health hazards including severe mold, trash buildup and rodents, according to Zagami. The longtime resident says the house was boarded up years ago, but its condition worsened after flood waters from Hurricane Sandy submerged the bungalow.

"We were always concerned but now we're actually concerned, especially after the hurricane because we had about 10 feet of water here. Whoever is responsible for the home should go in and take the necessary steps to make sure there are no hazards," Zagami says.

NY1 reached out to the owner of the property, but has not heard back.

The station then called the Department Of Buildings and a spokesperson says the department has not received a complaint about the house in four years. However, if neighbors are concerned that the property is vacant, they should call 311 and inspectors will investigate.

Zagami says he will file another complaint, hoping something will be done soon.

"No one knows if it will make it through another storm," he says.

NY1 For You will continue to follow this story.

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