MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Long Island Sound was nice and calm this October 29th. Not like it was two years ago.
“My home had about 4, 4 and a half feet of water in it,” remembered Tim McFadden. His house is just off the beach in Milford. Since Sandy, he raised his house up and out of the reach of flood waters, but like many, he had to pay his own money because government agencies were taking too long.
“The paperwork that’s involved, the red tape, it’s just not going as fast as it should,” McFadden said.
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“They were here very quickly, but they made some judgments,” said Cathleen Reneer, who lives next to the beach in Milford. “Like they told me I had no foundational damage and my pilings fell over. I mean how can you say that? My house floated. It was like The Wizard of Oz, it literally floated and came down crooked.”
You hear a lot of stories of frustration like that walking around Connecticut beaches, but if you’re looking for frustration plus a big helping of plain old bad luck, it’s hard to beat the story behind number 2 Minor Road in East Haven.
“We had a small 1,000 square foot cottage and it got turned off of its pilings and footings,” remembered Patrick Rowland. Two Minor Road is his house. The small cottage had to be demolished after Sandy. On the one year anniversary, Rowland was just putting in the first pilings for his replacement house, after fighting with insurance companies. Six months later, we were back here because his almost complete new house was gutted in a fire.
“And unfortunately we spent the next three months fighting with the insurance companies again,” said Rowland, “hiring an adjuster and starting all over.”
He had to start over almost from scratch with his third house, and he is still fighting for disaster relief money, just like everyone else.
“Heretofore we’ve not received a penny of support from any of the various federal and state agencies that have promised to stand and help us,” Rowland said.
In one more frustration, the number the state of Connecticut tells you to call to get aid from the state actually connects you to a company in Virginia.