Sandy victim from Lindenhurst forced to live in yard after FEMA cuts off motel stay

Nearly 10 months after Superstorm Sandy, a Lindenhurst man says he's been forced to live in his backyard while he struggles to put his life

Chuck Burgio, 53, says 4 feet of water came into his home during the storm last October.

Chuck Burgio, 53, says 4 feet of water came into his home during the storm last October. (8/13/13)

LINDENHURST - Nearly 10 months after Superstorm Sandy, a Lindenhurst man says he's been forced to live in his backyard while he struggles to put his life back together.

Chuck Burgio, 53, says 4 feet of water came into his home during the storm last October. He also lost his job as a driver for the Teamsters.

He had been staying in a motel, but he says FEMA called him last week and informed him it will no longer pay for his emergency housing.

Burgio says he's been cooking, sleeping, working out and even bathing in his yard ever since. He says he's been getting food from Catholic Charities.

After taking a nasty fall inside his house last month, Burgio went to the hospital, where he says he found out he has kidney cancer.

He doesn't know how, but Burgio says he'll get back on his feet soon. "I want to do it all myself and be proud of it," he says.

FEMA tells News 12 that it can't comment on specific cases, but it notes that it never intended to provide long-term housing.

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