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Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Hoover Beach homeowners still waiting for help following storm

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Hoover Beach homeowners still waiting for help following storm
Hoover Beach homeowners still waiting for help following storm

Hoover Beach homeowners still waiting for help following storm.

Hannah Buehler reports.

ALL NEW AT SIX - THEDEVASTATION ISBEGINNING TO SETTLEIN FOR HAMBURG'SHOOVER BEACHCOMMUNITY.THE WATERFRONTWAS BATTERED BYTHE RECENT WINDSTORMS... LEAVINGMANY PROPERTIESBADLY DAMAGED.AND NOW -- AS 7EYEWITNESS NEWSREPORTER HANNAHBUEHLER TELLS US --NEIGHBORS AREWONDERING IF THEYWILL EVER SEE ANYFINANCIAL HELP FROMTHE STATE.WELL THELANDSCAPING WASLIKE 20 THOUSANDALONE I CAN'T JUSTPULL THAT OUT OF MYPOCKET EVERY TIME ASTORM ACTS UPFRUSTRATEDAND DEVASTATEDBUSINESS ANDHOMEOWNERS ALONGHOOVER BEACH INHAMBURG ARE LEFTWAITING FOR HELPTHAT MAY NOT COMEWHEN IT COMES TOFIXING HOMES ANDPROPERTIES AFTERFRIDAY'S WINDSTORM..SOT: IS THE BUSINESSGOING TO FOLD?

IMEAN YEAHI'M NOTGOING TO INVEST ANYMORE MONEY INTO IT IWILL NOT ALLOWMYSELF TO BEFINANCIALLYRESPONSIBLE FORTHIS DAMAGEERICA SIKORSKI OWNSTHE BEDROCEATERYSHE'S INVESTEDHUNDREDS OFTHOUSANDS OFDOLLARS IN CARRYINGON HER FATHER'SLEGACY ANDRESTAURANT AFTERHE PASSEDSHE SAYS SHEALREADY HAS LOWINTEREST BUSINESSLOANS THAT SHE'SPAYING ON..ONE OF WHICH WASTO MAKE THISOUTDOOR PATIO NOWCOVERED WITHDEBRIS AN ENJOYABLEPLACE FORPATRONS.SOT: I MEAN IF I WASTO PUT A FOR SALESIGN ON THEPROPERTY RIGHTNOW HOW MANYPEOPLE DO YOU THINKWOULD BEINTERESTED?WITH HIGH LAKELEVELSTHERESEEMS TO BE NO ENDIN SIGHT FOR HOOVERBEACH.HAMBURGEMERGENCYOFFICIALS SAY ARMYCORPS OF ENGINEERSFORECASTERS AREPREDICTING ANOTHERDEVASTATING STORMWHICH COULD MEANONCE CLEANUP ISDONE... WILL HAPPENALL OVER AGAIN...SOT: IT'S GOING TO BETHE NEW NORMALFOR THE NEXT SIXMONTHS SO WE HAVETO MITIGATE THIS THEBEST WE CANSOT: COME UP WITHTHE SOLUTION AS TOWHY THE LAKE LEVELIS SO HIGHLEANNE POWERSHOME HAS BEENDESTROYED BY THESTORMSHE FEELS LAKE ERIENEIGHBORS HAVE NOTGOTTEN THE SAMEATTENTION AS THOSEON LAKE ONTARIOWHEN IT COMES TOTHE SAMEPROBLEMHIGHLAKE LEVELSSOT: OUR LAKELEVELS ARE HIGHERTHAN THEY'VE BEEN IN80 YEARS WE'RE NOTSCIENTISTS WE WANTTHOSE ANSWERSWE NEED THISFIGURED OUT.HAMBUR OFFICIALSSAY STATE ADJUSTERSWILL BE COMING TOTHE AREA TO SURVEYTHE DAMAGE NEXTWEEKIT'S FROM THERE THESTATE WOULD HAVETO APPLY FOR FEMAAID...WHICH IS THEONLY WAY PRIVATEPROPERTIES CANRECEIVE ANY HELPUNTIL THENNEIGHBORS LIKEPOWERS ANDSIKORSKI ARE ONTHEIR OWNSOT: I AM SITTINGBACK AND LISTENINGTO MY OPTIONS ANDUNTIL I HAVE OPTIONSTHAT DO NOT INCLUDEAN SBA LOAN THEPROPERTY IS GOINGTO SIT AS ISSTANDUPIN THE SHORT TERMHAMBURGEMERGENCY CREWSSAY THEY WILL BEPICKING UP DEBRISALL WEEKAND WHILE WORKERSCAN'T GO ON PRIVATEPROPERTYIF HOMEOWNERS AREABLE TO MOVE THEDEBRIS NEAR THEROAD IT WILL BEPICKED UP BYHIGHWAY CREWS

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