Fairfield neighbors continue storm cleanupPosted: Updated:
Two weeks after Hurricane Sandy hit Fairfield, the cleanup has just begun for many of the town's residents.
The streets are lined with storm debris and flood-drenched furniture is stacked on the sidewalks of Fairfield streets.
"We'll start working and get it back in shape," said resident Jim Louloudes.
For Louloudes, he told Eyewitness News that it will take him six to eight months before he will be back in his Fairfield Beach Road home.
"I had the refrigerator floating, the washer and dryer were filled with water, the duct work flooded out," he said Monday morning. "It was bad, but we'll deal with it."
According to Louloudes, the amount of damage will determine the number of changes made to his home.
"If damage is more than $85,000 they'll make you lift your house up," he said. "That's another issue and it depends on what the elevation is and how high we'll have to lift it up."
While the cleanup process continues and a lot of folks are making repairs and rebuilding, some are actually moving.
"Having the storm come through just sort of accelerated the time line," said Arthur Yann of Fairfield.
On Monday morning, movers were loading up a moving van after 6 feet of water flooded the family room and 1 foot on the main floor from Hurricane Sandy. After considering the decision, the Yanns decided to move to a newer location and hope to break ground next month.
"In order to build, you have to elevate the first floor living space, somewhere 7 to 12 feet above grade so we'll be doing that," Yann said.
A checkpoint, which only allows contractors and homeowners into town, was set up shortly after the storm and is still being manned as of Monday.
Federal Emergency Management Agency has setup a mobile disaster recovery at the senior center through Wednesday as they begin the lengthy process of recovering and rebuilding.
According to the state, so far more than $2.2 million in federal disaster assistance funds have been approved for Connecticut residents.
With so many shoreline residents out of their homes because of flooding, most of the money will be used to help with housing, short-term rental assistance and repair costs.
Before storm victims can get help, they first need to register with FEMA. Residents needing to register can do so by calling 1-800-621-3362 or by registering online by clicking here.
Once registered with FEMA, staff at the mobile disaster centers can provide assistance in pointing them in the right direction when it comes to finding out what resources are available.
In addition to FEMA, the Small Business Administration will also be on hand.
Since Sandy they have issued nearly 5,000 low-interest disaster loan applications to homeowners and businesses.
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