Superstorm Sandy left Ken Fehn’s home in Massapequa flooded so badly, that he had to have its baseline lifted five feet. That meant the whole structure had to be temporarily raised even higher, so that equipment for realigning the foundation could be brought under the house.
The massive undertaking has taken more than a year. Ken and his family may have to remain living with relatives for up to six more months. While much of the cost — possibly as much as $350,000 — will be covered by insurance and government aid, the veteran NYC Harbor Patrol scuba diver expects to pay about $50,000 out of pocket.
New York State finally released about $800 million for reconstruction last month. Property owners outside New York City facing Sandy-related destruction can apply for assistance. Information is available at 1-800-NYS-SANDY. New York City has its own programs.
Producer-Writer: SAM H. SHIRAKAWA
Editor: MIKE DE GENNARO
Correspondent: CRAIG TREADWAY