Charles Burgio, living in backyard since FEMA cut off his motel stay, gets Lindenhurst house repaired by old friend

A man living in his backyard since his

A man living in his backyard since his home was flooded during Sandy and FEMA cut off his motel stay is now getting his home back, thanks to a local contractor (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

LINDENHURST - A man living in his backyard since his Lindenhurst home was flooded during Superstorm Sandy will soon get his home back.

News 12 Long Island aired Charles Burgio's story in August after getting contacted by one of his neighbors. Burgio's home was flooded during Sandy and he was living in a motel paid for by FEMA until the funding stopped. He was then forced to live in his backyard.

When the story aired, Angelo Genova, a contractor from A&S Construction, who says he's known Burgio for more than 40 years, visited him and offered to fix his house.

“The last time I saw Chuck, he was in my wedding party and that was 32 years ago,” said Genova.

Work has since started on repairing Burgio's home, while people continue to donate supplies and volunteer to help rebuild.

Repairs could take up to two months.

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