LINDENHURST - Long Islanders whose homes were devastated by Sandy are raising their houses to protect them against future storms.

Robert Sheridan, of Lindenhurst, decided to raise his home 6 feet higher after it flooded during both Irene and Sandy.

Raising a house can cost $800,000 or more, and Sheridan says he's paying out of pocket because he can't wait around for FEMA aid.

A spokesman from the Town of Babylon says FEMA is between six months and one year from approving applications from 300 people who want to raise their homes. The spokesman says 11 people who applied to have their homes raised after Irene only officially qualified in January.

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