On the first day of hurricane season, Sandy victims still picking up the pieces

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ARVERNE, Queens (PIX11) – Myrna Ruiz still breaks down in tears just talking about what hurricane Sandy left behind and the lack of help she has gotten so far.

Ruiz said ” we need help, this is not how we are use to living.”

Her basement is completely damaged and she has no money to fix it. FEMA has sent her and neighbors a check but they need more.

Ruiz tells us about $80,000 more to fix her home and her next door neighbor Dianne Lopez needs about $20,000.

Lopez’s home faces Jamaica Bay, when Sandy hit the water came up to the second floor of her house.

Lopez said” my basement was destroyed, water came in the house and it’s really hard when have just been left behind.”

With hurricane season starting on Saturday, these homeowners say they are sitting ducks if another storm comes.