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February 11, 2013

On Plum Island, storm leaves behind wrecked home

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In the hours leading up to this weekend’s historic nor’easter, which reminded many of the infamous Blizzard of 1978, Nee, with the help of contractors and next-door neighbor Connors, installed columns that were meant to keep a precarious-looking addition from tumbling down. But the waves had other ideas, churning over the coir bags and blasting away the basement foundation, essentially destroying Nee’s father’s apartment. A look underneath the foundation saw huge sections of concrete splayed over a wide area and many personal items, including several pairs of shoes, a couch and a collection of brass items damaged.

Nee said his father, who is blind, was staying at a nearby hotel until a permanent home could be found.

Nee said the house would likely remain intact as the support beams were still in place. But Nee said what he needed to consider was whether it made sense to pump in anymore money to shore up a home he can’t live in anymore. As recently as 2005, his property was appraised at $2.7 million. The value sharply decreased to $1.37 million by 2010. But after the most recent storms, Nee said he doubts the house would fetch even close to that amount.

“Nobody is going to buy this,” Nee said. “You may save the house, but there is no value to it.”

Daily News reporter Mac Cerullo contributed to this report.

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