Flooding is latest setback for Sandy victims

The heavy rain and flooding meant a second round of damage for homeowners who are still trying to recover from Superstorm Sandy. Dennis Lesser’s home

Dennis Lesser’s home on Granada Parkway was damaged

Dennis Lesser’s home on Granada Parkway was damaged during Sandy in October 2012. He says more than a foot and half of water entered his sub-basement during the overnight storm that dumped 13 inches across the county. (Credit: News 12)

LINDENHURST - The heavy rain and flooding meant a second round of damage for homeowners who are still trying to recover from Superstorm Sandy.

Dennis Lesser’s home on Granada Parkway in Lindenhurst was damaged during Sandy in October 2012. He says more than a foot and half of water entered his sub-basement during the overnight storm that dumped 13 inches across the county.

Since Sandy, Lesser says he has put his own money into making the repairs on his home. The heavy rainfall and flooding was the latest in a series of frustrations for the Lindenhurst resident.

He says New York Rising had agreed to help him elevate his home next month. But after a phone call he received from a Rising representative, he may have to wait longer.

“They said that might put off the raising because I need to have an inspector come back out,” Lesser told News 12. “It’s going to take a few weeks.”

Donald Werle, Lesser's friend and neighbor  who lives two homes away, took out loans to elevate his home without New York Rising's help. He says he is in debt and doesn't have much inside of his walls. But he doesn't have water damage.

“We're kicking and scraping trying to get everything together. We're having a really hard time,” Werle said.

News 12 reached out to New York Rising for a response to Lesser’s situation.

They said in a statement, "There has been no policy directive of this nature from NY Rising. This sounds more like a local Buildings Department or contractor issue. Whatever the case, we will work with the homeowner to meet all local requirements and federal guideline to get his house lifted as soon as it can be done."

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