NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A special welcome home party that was four years in the making was celebrated in Brooklyn.
A Canarsie family is now back in their house for the first time since Superstorm Sandy flooded them out.
The homeowners cut a ceremonial ribbon and walked into their newly-furnished home Saturday with the help of the Saint Bernard Project and Friends of Rockaway.
The two groups provide financial support and home rebuilds for storm victims.
The family has lived in the home since 2003, even after the storm flooded the house and knocked out power for six weeks.
“We have a home to come to that it’s not raining in the house, which is something that a lot of people would be like ‘that’s weird,’ but it’s really something to be grateful about,” homeowner Ivie Erhunmwunsee said.
It took 300 volunteers five months to rebuild the home.
Three generations of the family will live there.