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Long Island Sandy Victim Still Struggling To Rebuild From Sandy

Homeowner: 'I'm Scared For My Family, For Me, For My Neighbors'
Flooding on Riverside Avenue in Lindenhurst, Long Island. (Credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Flooding on Riverside Avenue in Lindenhurst, Long Island. (Credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Superstorm Sandy

LINDENHURST, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Many homeowners on Long Island are still struggling with the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.

Donald Werle’s house in Lindenhurst took on four feet of water in the storm. His home has been gutted but has yet to be rebuilt.

“We’re losing momentum as far as the attention that’s given to us because the rest of the country seems to think that we’re rebuilt. And if you look around my town, it’s not rebuilt,” Werle told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

“Now I don’t have the money. I just don’t have the money to pay for any more repairs. It’s run out,” he added.

Werle said he needs his flood insurance money, but he’s in administrative limbo.

“I can’t fund it myself. I don’t have it. I had to fund the Irene repairs out of my own money and these people didn’t help us then and they’re not helping us now.” Werle said. “I’m done, I’m tapped.”

Werle said without his insurance money, he doesn’t know what will become of his house or his neighborhood.

“I’m scared for my family, for me, for my neighbors,” Werle added.

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