Sandy, 6 months later: Mother, two daughters still reeling

Posted at 6:53 PM, Apr 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-01 11:04:47-04

MASSAPEQUA, Long Island (PIX11) – 33-year-old Christa Higbee is due with her second child this Friday, but she won’t be bringing the new baby to her home in Wantagh.

Instead, Higbee, her husband, and their 22-month-old daughter, Molly, remain in tight living quarters in Massapequa, with her parents, six months after super storm, Sandy, wrecked their house.

Higbee’s older sister, Beth Henry, also had her Massapequa home flooded out, right next to her mom’s house, and is living with her husband and two young daughters in a cramped apartment in Copiague, the $2,000 a month rental paid for by FEMA money. But those funds could soon dry up.

“Six months later, I thought I’d be home,” Beth Henry told PIX 11, “I just said to my husband, ‘I hope we’re home for the one year anniversary, because that will just kill me.'”

Beth and Anthony Henry told PIX 11 they received two, contractors’ estimates to fix their gutted-out home:  one for $105,000 and the other for $122,000.  The National Flood Insurance Program has only approved just over $51,000 in aid to fix their house.

“We probably will get some more money back,” Henry explained, after educating us about filing “supplemental” claims, “but we have to put out $50-70,000–and I don’t know how many people have an ability to do that.”

At 10 pm Tuesday night, PIX 11 was set to present an overview of the Long Island situation, six months after Sandy.  Many residents who want to continue living near the water are raising the foundations of their homes to enormous heights.