Queens Family Lives Out Of Camper After Sandy Damages Home
Since Hurricane Sandy destroyed their home, one Queens family has been staying in a camper on their front lawn. NY1's Ruschel Boone filed the following report.
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George Hewit and his family lived in a 2,000-square-foot home before Hurricane Sandy destroyed it. They now live inside a 28-foot camper.
"My wife and I sleep in here," Hewit said. "The table turns into a bed, believe it or not. That's where my youngest son sleeps, but we have to clear everything off it first. And my oldest son sleeps on the futon there."
The family is staying here while their house is being repaired, but the cold weather is making an already uncomfortable situation even more difficult for Hewit and his wife, Susan Lombardo, to live with.
"We had no water to wash dishes because the water line froze last night," said Susan Lombardo.
The dishes have to be washed before their her son's bed can be made, so Hewit is trying to get the camper's water hose back in action.
"I'm trying to keep it from freezing tonight," Hewit said.
After a month and a half of this, the family is ready to get back home.
"It's maddening trying to live like this," Lombardo said.
The living situation is also difficult for their children, who say the lack of space and privacy is frustrating.
"In the trailer, it's a mess," said one. "Too much stuff in there."
"Of course we want to get back into our house," said another. "Our normal life."
Hopefully that will happen soon. The boys' rooms are no longer a flooded mess, and the contractor is moving fast.
"I'm hoping by the end of the weekend, the kids' rooms will be ready," Hewit said. "The kids can move in and my wife and I can go back to sleeping upstairs."