Rebuilding Together repaired more than 80 homes and seven community spaces severely damaged by flooding from Hurricane Sandy.
Sandy Recovery Stories
Bruno Street Homes
Temperatures climbed into the mid-90s on July 16 as volunteers from home furnishings retailer Crate and Barrel helped rebuild three homes on Bruno Street in Moonachie. Rebuilding Together had already put new electrical, insulation, and sheetrock in two of the homes. Crate and Barrel employees from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut arrived by 8 a.m. and spent the day painting and doing trim carpentry and installing flooring.Up the block, at a recently gutted home belonging to a family of four (who have been living in a relative’s basement since Sandy), volunteers put in subfloor and wall insulation (above).
At two houses, several volunteers donned Tyvek suits, gloves, and goggles to go into each home’s crawl space and insulate underneath the home (left).
Repairs were possible thanks to a generous grant from Crate and Barrel and additional support from the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
Jim M., Moonachie
Mobile Home Communities
Several teams of AmeriCorps NCCC members and some “alternative spring break” students helped Rebuilding Together Bergen County repair 125 Sandy-damaged mobile homes in Moonachie from January through May. A new team, pictured here, has joined us for August and September and will be insulating 25 additional mobile homes.
Funding for materials and supplies comes from the Bergen VOAD Long Term Recovery Group.
Homes in the Vanguard and Metropolitan mobile home communities in Moonachie sustained water damage underneath and in some cases up to a foot inside the home. Insulation underneath had to be torn out, and new fiberglass insulation is put in. Water pipes get wrapped to prevent freezing.
Ribbon cutting and reveal of the Little Ferry Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1 took place Wednesday, February 27.
Present were County Executive Kathleen Donovan, Mayor Mauro Raguseo, Senator Paul Sarlo, the County Freeholders, Assemblywoman Marlene Caride, Assemblyman Gary Schaer, and Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman Bill Pascrell, Assad Akhter, who presented a flag flown over Capitol Hill to each of the firehouses.
Both the Hook & Ladder Company on Main Street and the Hose Company on Marshall in Little Ferry were flooded with three feet of water in minutes, even as the volunteer firefighters were helping rescue others in their community.
Thanks to a grant from Sears and additional funding and assistance from Rotary District 7490, Rebuilding Together is able to repair both buildings. IBEW Local 164 electricians made repairs at the Hose Company and new walls have been framed, tiled, and painted.
Tom & Addie T., Moonachie
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