Stony Point homeowners still rebuilding after Sandy
Two years after Superstorm Sandy, homes on River Road in Stony Point are making a comeback.
Homeowners say they are finally back on track after the storm devastated their waterfront block, which has views of the Hudson. Town leaders agree that construction has taken a long time. "We're very excited that finally things are starting to take shape," says Geoff Finn, Stony Point's town supervisor. And they are rebuilding with an eye toward future storms.
"Every home that is rebuilt here will be flood-proof," says Finn. "And any home that was taken down has to be built up at least 14 feet above sea level."
Builder George Stoll says getting the area back on track has taken so long, in part, because of what seems like insurmountable paperwork. "The paperwork ... is very frightening to a homeowner," he says. "It's just overwhelming." Consequently, he says some homeowners decide to forgo government help to rebuild.
Five homes have been rebuilt on River Road and two additional homeowners are in the process of finalizing plans to rebuild.