Staten Island Resident: Devastation From Sandy Turned Into ‘Loss Of The American Dream’
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It has been 100 days since superstorm Sandy devastated neighborhoods all across the Tri-State Area.
On Staten Island, residents are still left waiting to see if or when the government may step in to help.
When the ocean swept up over Kissam Avenue, it took Pedro Correa’s house with it.
“Floated out into that marshlands out there about three-quarters of a mile off the foundation,” Correa told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.
Correa has been living in a rental but said he really can’t start over unless or until the government buys him out.
“I hope that this buyout happens and I’m sitting in my own home again. Not here, I’ll never come back here. This is just too dangerous,” Correa told Haskell. “It’ll never get me back to where i was, but it’ll get the mortgage paid off.”
Correa is still paying the mortgage on a house that has vanished, Haskell reported.
“I’m living month to month. At any month, I could go bankrupt,” Correa said.
Correa said it has been 100 days of uncertainty.
“It’s a nightmare, it’s an absolute nightmare,” Correa told Haskell. “I think it’s a loss of the American Dream.”
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