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Program helps local homeowners recover from Superstorm Sandy

Program helps local homeowners recover from Superstorm Sandy

MACUNGIE, Pa. - A year after Superstorm Sandy, local residents are thankful they were able to get help with expensive storm cleanup.

When Sandy hit, many buildings around the region had suffered severe wind damage.

For some, fixing it would not have been possible without a little help from a program called "Stand up to Sandy."

Pamela Herwig takes pride in her home in Macungie, Lehigh Co. A year ago, Herwig had to have the roof repaired because of super storm Sandy.

But after work began, she discovered she also needed to replace the gutters.

"As a single mom now, uh, you know, my abilities to maintain my home are sometimes limited, and when something like storm damage happens, you have to get things replaced and it's unexpected," said Herwig.

So Herwig turned to the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley and the disaster relief task force.

The task force formulated the Stand up to Sandy program, securing $155,000 in local donations to help Lehigh Valley homes damaged by Sandy.

"We were able to complete about $64,000 in repairs to 56 homes," said Chris Cassidy, CACLV senior planner.

In many of those cases, Cassidy said the task force would pay the deductible for people whose income was not more than 200 percent of the poverty level. The claims were limited to $1,500.

Herwig said she is grateful to get the grant, otherwise "I wouldn't have been able to replace the gutters."

"Every situation was different. You know, people had all different stories that they all needed help we tried to do what we could," said Cassidy.

Some of the funds donated to the Stand Up to Sandy program will go back to the donors, but some of it may stay with the task force, just in case there is another disaster situation.


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