Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Hard to rebuild the bungalows
From the Daily News:
Disposing of the shattered wood beams and sifting through ruined childhood relics might be the easy part for Steven Madigan.
Madigan's summer bungalow in Broad Channel collapsed after catching the brunt of Hurricane Irene in August. The storm toppled the scenic shack that is part of a strip of seasonal homes on Church Road.
The 48-year-old carpenter said he was dumbfounded when he returned to survey the wreckage of the home that has been in his family for more than four decades.
"It looked like the house was picked up and bounced right off its beams," he said. "It looked like the walls folded in."
Local advocates and fellow bungalow owners said Madigan may be in store for an even bigger surprise when he tries to rebuild.
The storm has exposed a little-known burden for property owners on Jamaica Bay - having to cut through reams of red tape to get the necessary permits in the environmentally sensitive area.