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Sandy Recovery Program Making Progress

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Homeowner Terry Lewis talks about the ceiling tiles that once caved in from saturation. Homeowner Terry Lewis talks about the ceiling tiles that once caved in from saturation.

Crisfield, Md. – A program that rebuilds and repairs homes is making strides in Somerset County.

The Hurricane Sandy Recovery Program provides assistance for eligible homeowners who were impacted by the storm.

Annette Cottman, one of two housing rehab specialists under the county's Technical and Community Services agency, said 22 projects are underway.

The program recently finished repairs to the home of Terry Lewis, who lives on 10 Standard Avenue in Crisfield.

Lewis said Superstorm Sandy left nearly three feet of water in her basement. Leaks in the walls, ceilings and roof caused a lot of damage too.

" It took out my furnace, my hot water heater, my six-foot-long freezer full of crab meat, a refrigerator and all kinds of appliances," Lewis said. " I mean it started with the roof and just trickled down."

Lewis, who has lived in that home for 40 years, said she was shocked. She did not know where she would get the money from to fix it. She said the kitchen took the biggest hit.

"The kitchen area had a big bubble, that grew and grew, and the water filled the lights," Lewis said. " We were scared to turn the lights on for [fear of] a shortage."

Lewis said the ceiling tiles, in her bedroom, became saturated and fell down.

Cottman said the county received a $8.6 million grant, through Maryland's Department of Housing and Community Development, to rebuild and replace damaged homes. The money is used as a deferred loan with no interest.  Homeowners would not have to pay any money back unless they sell the property to someone else.

Homeowners, who seek assistance, must make a low to moderate-income. Other requirements include living in the home at the time it was damaged.

Cottman said the projects take three months to finish, weather permitting.

Anyone interested in submitting an application can contact the office at 410.651.1424.

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