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Man returns home after storm

Posted at: 11/14/2012 12:14 PM
Updated at: 11/14/2012 4:15 PM
By: Subrina Dhammi

LONG BEACH - There are only a few stories that allow a reporter to show a personal side.

This story is an example of that.

My brother is one of the millions affected by Hurricane Sandy.

We went back to Long Beach, Long Island with him, as he tried to retrieve whatever he can from his damaged apartment building.

Much of Long Beach is still in shambles, piles of trash line the sidewalks, and some buildings still don't have power.

On a rainy Tuesday morning, my brother Shawn goes into the building he once called home - which now feels foreign...it's eerie, dark and dirty.

It questionable if the building on Broadway will ever be livable again.

We take the stairs, because the elevators still don't work.

Up five flights in darkness, with just the light on our camera illuminating the way.

Shawn's apartment is on the fifth floor - so his belongings were not hit by water.

While we pack up whatever we can, Shawn’s admits, when he first heard about hurricane sandy, he wasn't going to evacuate.

We carry out boxes, back into the hallway of darkness and down the slippery stairs.

Outside, we run into the building's super...who's clearly exhausted from more than two weeks of scrambling.

And he lost his home.

Tony Taylor’s apartment was not spared - it's in the basement...everything inside was destroyed.