NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Life after Sandy meant a sick, disgusting mess for some residents of Neponsit, Queens.
“I was so grateful that they were here. That they finally came and started the cleanup,” Joyce Zoller told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez.
Zoller was thrilled to see a dumpster outside of her home in Neponsit, on the Rockaway Peninsula. Crews were finally on hand to clean out her neighbor’s house 19 months after it was flooded by Superstorm Sandy.
Zoller said that her cries for help were fruitless until now.
“I just pushed every button that I could push, and I’m just grateful Hazel, for all that you’ve done to help,” she said.
Last week, CBS 2 showed viewers disturbing pictures of moldy garbage piled up inside of the house that had been abandoned by its owner after the storm.
City records said that HSBC bank took ownership when the home went into foreclosure. The bank was issued multiple violations for allegedly leaving the home to rot.
Zoller, a cancer survivor, and her neighbor Sherry Calamia said that the mold was making them sick; they took pictures while workers cleared out the house.
“I was really surprised that they came so quickly,” Calamia said, “It was disgusting. Inside the house the walls were full of black mold.”
The garage walls were covered in thick black mold. Workers filled a dumpster with furniture and other waste.
The Zollers can’t wait to put it all behind them.
“Without CBS I think this would still be a problem. Maybe an unseen problem. So thank you,” Cliff Zoller said.
CBS 2 reached out to HSBC, but has not received a response to a request for comment.
Representatives from the cleaning company said that the plan to gut the home and handle mold remediation which could take up to 3 weeks. Until then the Zollers plan to live in a hotel.
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