Volunteers repair Sandy-damaged homes in Canarsie

Homes in Canarsie damaged by Superstorm Sandy are receiving a facelift this weekend thanks to hundreds of volunteers. (4/26/14)

BROOKLYN - Homes in Canarsie damaged by Superstorm Sandy are receiving a facelift this weekend thanks to hundreds of volunteers.

The American Red Cross and nonprofit Rebuilding Together NYC joined together to make repairs for low-income homeowners that are still to be completed nearly a year-and-a-half after Sandy hit.

The basement of a home on Paerdegat Street, just one of several projects being worked on, took in more than four feet of water during the storm. The homeowner received donations from her church, local businesses and other volunteer organizations, but it was not enough to cover the full cost of repairs.

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On Saturday, volunteers were busy taping off and installing new drywall, and will be putting in a new floor. The entire kitchen was also in shambles after the storm, so reworked plumbing will be done and new cabinets will be put in.

Outside the home, electrical work will be done, along with landscaping in the backyard, which is still full of debris.

In addition to working on the nine homes, volunteers will be painting murals and cleaning up parts of Avenue L.

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