New York News
Owners contemplate rebulding or demolishing homes
NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York City says at least 900 homes right now are unsafe to live in after Hurricane Sandy.
The question is how many of those can be fixed and how many will have to be leveled?
A red tag on a house, there's about 900 citywide, means that house isn't safe anymore.
It also means the house will probably face demolition.
Owen Quinn says it's kind of obvious a lot of beachfront homes will have to go.
Owen Quinn/Homeowner 11:59 "Demolishing them if they're unsafe is probably the right thing to do but there should be some middle ground," Quinn said.
That middle ground means: What will the city do if a homeowner refuses to cooperate?
"In that case we have the legal authority to do it and I think a moral obligation to do it," Mayor Bloomberg said.
The mayor was careful, saying the city has to think about safety but he also tried to reassure homeowners.
"We don't bulldoze anybody's house down. Period. People shouldn't worry about that," Bloomberg said.
But again, if homeowners can't be found or refuse to cooperate, the city has to move forward.
"They are so severe they are unrecoverable and present a risk of collapse-not necessarily immediately but they will have to come down," NYC Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said.
That leads to the question: should houses be rebuilt if they're close to the ocean and could be hit again?
Kathleen Tomasetti spent the day with her contractor.
She's already cleaned up and is rebuilding.
"It's like a 100 year flood. I think it's going to happen once. And we'll rebuild, this is for our kids, where they live, we want them to be home," Tomassetti said.
But for every pledge to rebuild, there's apprehension now, should mother nature strike again.
"I'm one block up and I had five feet of water in my basement and I'm rattled," Quinn said.
Get Eyewitness News Delivered
new york city, hurricane sandy, new york news, dave evans
- 3 hurt when I-5 bridge collapses into Wash. river
- AccuWeather Forecast: Rain continues
- Eyewitness News Live
- iWitness Photos and Videos
- Lingering flood waters create commuting headache
- Amanda Bynes arrested, allegedly tosses bong out window
- Man fatally stabbed during dispute in Chelsea
- Man beaten by subway performers on F train in Astoria
- Brooklyn robber terrorizing teens with knife, box cutter
- Police hunt for man targeting Queens change machines
- abcnews: Hurricane season could be 'extremely active'
- GMA's 2013 Summer Concert Series kicks off Friday
- Photos: I-5 Skagit River Bridge collapse
- Photos: Flash flooding in the New York area
Eyewitness News Links
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed VideoMost Viewed Photos