Superstorm Sandy Recovery: ABC Helps Family Rebuild

Ron Claiborne shares the story of one family's triumph over disaster.
3:20 | 01/01/13

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A story that actually we couldn't get enough of, a story of resilience and rebuilding that we just had to follow up on. There was a family flooded out by superstorm sandy, even one of our abc producers helped drive them to safety. Their house was flooded so badly, they could not go back home. Abc's ron claiborne has this incredible story. Reporter: In the storm ravaged town of long beach, long island, on the day after hurricane sandy, we met barbara burns standing on the front porch of the house she called home for the past 48 years, the house had five feet of floodwater in it and, worse, 100 gallons of home heating oil stored in her garage had spilled into the water. She wanted to go to a shelter but her family had no way to go anywhere. Almost every car in town had been damaged by the flood. So we gave them a ride. She, her daughter maureen, her TWO GRANDCHILDREN and McCleary, the family dog, all squeezed in with a few possessions they could grab in a hurry. Producer john s acsantucci drove them to city hall where they caught a bus to the sheller. That's the last time we saw them until a few days ago when we met mrs. Burn and maureen again at their little house on connecticut avenue. I really feel like you and john saved our lives that day and we have been through so much stuff, it was really a horrible, horrible night. Reporter: Like so many others in long beach, they still cannot return home. This is like a studio apartment. water. Yeah. Reporter: How is it when you come back and visit the house? Depressing. Reporter: Depressing? Very depressing, yes. Reporter: What is the situation with the house? Is it going to be okay we don't know. We don't know. You don't know whether you're coming or going. Everything is up in the air. You're just -- you are just not thinking clearly and that's the bottom line right now. Reporter: And they told us about that terrifying night when they huddled together in their darkened home as the wind howled and the water rose. I didn't know if we were going to live through it, and the water just kept rising. When the sun came u and the water had receded, I was so grateful that we were alive and that we made it through. Reporter: This is a tough resilient family. They say 2013 will be a betr year. Do you want to come back here? This is my home. I love long beach. I do want to come back. I think that lo beach is going to shinen brighter than it was. Reporter: In the new year, huh? Yeah, the spirit of long beach is really what makes this town what this town is. It's not the houses, it's not the buildings, it's the spirit of the people. Reporter: For "good morning america," ron claiborne, abc news, long beach, new york. An amazing story that reminds us even in the worst of times it's people that can actually make a difference. And those -- just images of people helping one another, it was obviously a horrible thing to happen in any community but to see everye come together like that, it gives you a real sense of community. Yeah, also, it's important to note, how many of those stories there are out there. I know. How many people lost their homes, lost everything they thought mattered and hopefully will have families such as that one to help them come back together and bring places like long beach back even stronger and here's to that idea.

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