Setbacks in attempt to elevate storm-damaged home
A human interest story, printed in the November 29th edition of Newsday, caught my eye because certain government regulations have made life very difficult for a Long Island family. Having lived happily in their Oakdale home for the past 23 years, this family is now facing an extraordinarily expensive problem which has yet to be resolved.
Afer their one-story ranch home, (which is near the Connetquot River, attached to the Great South Bay), needed to be gutted following complete destruction by Superstorm Sandy, struggles to bring the home into compliance with federal flood regulations ensued.
To add insult to injury, the family is also battling environmental issues from the Department of Environmental Conservation because the home's location happens to be next to protected wetlands.
While the homeowners struggle to raise their rebuilt home up to 13 feet, at a cost of $50,000, with an additional $30,000 necessary to pour concrete, they must also keep in mind DEC permits that authorize them to "elevate the dwelling over an existing footprint with no additions or modifications" according to spokesperson Bill Fonda.
The homeowners have already been fined 7 times for such above-stated violations. Essentially, it's a giant mess that needs to be worked out.
The homeowners were quoted as saying they would have never bought the house, had they known about this "DEC wetlands stuff."
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