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Breezy Point struggles to rebuild
NEW YORK (WABC) -- Six months ago Breezy Point was on fire, firefighters were cut off by flooding, and so everyone could only wait and watch.
350 foundations are all that remain there and that too has to go.
Rebuilding is taking much longer than anyone expected.
"This community is viable, this community is resilient, this community wants to come back," said Arthur Lighthall, Breezy Point Coop Manager.
Artie Lighthall has lived in Breezy Point his whole life, but getting a rebuilding permit could take his neighbors a year or longer.
"We cannot live with that! That's unconscionable for that to happen now when we need 350 people needing houses," Lighthall said.
The problem is nobody knows for sure how tall the foundation has to be.
"The floor of the house, would be here, right there," said Steve Greenberg, a Breezy Point homeowner.
That's seven feet above the sand.
A diagram shows houses will have to be built on stilts.
"How do they get the permit going if they don't know how tall to build?" Eyewitness News asked.
"Well, that's part of t he problem," Greenberg said.
Despite all the confusion and sky-high flood insurance, most are now rebuilding.
Jim Forth will meet with a contractor next week, the siding outside melted from the fire that stopped right as his doorstep.
Jim Forth/Breezy Point Homeowner 15:31:30 "I like the community, I like the people here, working class people, my kind of people and I like it," Forth said.
"This is home?" Eyewitness News asked.
"This is home," Forth said.
That's what Eyewitness News heard from so many; Breezy Point is still home, even though coming home is a long road back.
"And I know this community, and this community will be, may take a little longer, but it will be back," Lighthall said.
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