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Staten Island Man Cleaning Up From Sandy Hopes For Fresh Start In New Year

Destruction from Sandy in Midland Beach, Staten Island - Nov. 17, 2012 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

Destruction from Sandy in Midland Beach, Staten Island – Nov. 17, 2012 (credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – On Staten Island, clean up and repairs continue two months after superstorm Sandy hit.

On Midland Beach, homeowner Dario said the storm could not have come at a worse time.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports

“I just finished renovating. I just finished renovating this house, I was about to start the outside and this happened,” he told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

Dario said his whole first floor was inundated with sea water.

“The water level came up seven and a half feet and I’m five feet above ground. And I know I’m below sea level but I lost everything,” Dario said. “It’s been hectic, confusing. I’ve been confused, I’ve been drained emotionally, physically.”

“I feel very fortunate my family’s safe, my children are safe. I feel very fortunate,” said Dario, who did not want to give his last name.

Dario said he and his family have been living with his mother-in-law while their home is getting repaired.

The walls and floors of his home are just plywood now, but a new boiler has been installed. Dario said he hopes to move in by New Year’s Day.

“I want to spend New Year’s home,” he told Haskell.

Dario said he plans to be back in his home by Jan. 1 as repairs continue.

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