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Former Boston man aims to rebuild home in US ravaged by superstorm Sandy

By Boston Target  |  Posted: November 12, 2012

HELP NEEDED: Former Boston man Stuart McEwing is appealing for help to raise money to repair his home in America that was damaged during hurricane Sandy.

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A FORMER Boston man is appealing for help to raise money to repair his home in America that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

Stuart McEwing, 31, lived in Frampton before emigrating to New York in 2008 and then on to Long Island with his wife Amanda, 26.

They spent months doing their first home together up, only for it to be ruined by the hurricane.

Mr McEwing, who went to Kirton Primary School, Boston Grammar School and Boston College, works in IT for CCP Solutions in New York.

He said: “Like many on the South Shore we lost our home and cars during Sandy, we really want to try and be back in time for Christmas but we can't do it alone as we are having to now take extended time away from work to co-ordinate everything.

“It's going to cost us close to 150,000 dollars to repair everything that happened, please help us if you can even just a couple of bucks will help us out during this time.”

The couple claim that their insurance company has said they do not qualify for the hurricane surge cover and as they have no other form of flood insurance, they could up paying for the cost of the damage themselves.

Mr McEwing added: “We took on over one foot of water inside the house and lost the entire lower level of rooms – the den, laundry room, boiler room, office and Florida room.

“The boiler and hot water heater were destroyed, not to mention that the salt water got into the circuit box and electrical circuits and will likely mean that the house will require a rewire.”

The outside of the house was also damaged and will require new waterproofing, insulation and siding. On top of all this they also lost both of their cars to the storm.

For more information or to make a donation log on to www.gofundme.com/1fjmgk

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  • lynnlincoln  |  November 12 2012, 11:09AM

    The 'The Three Little Pigs' houses were made of stronger stuff than some of these properties, and my piggy bank is empty too, so they'll have to paddle their own canoe.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  November 12 2012, 10:36AM

    Did he not realise when he moved to the US that 50% of the country do not believe the State should provide any health care or welfare for its most disadvantaged citizens? Why would he expect those same people to chip in "just a couple of bucks" to return him to his beachfront lifestyle? Someone who "works in IT" should have been able to use Google to find out something about a country he planned to make his home.

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  • VictorToo  |  November 12 2012, 10:33AM

    Why is this in the Echo ?

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  • M_C_Donald  |  November 12 2012, 10:20AM

    I am sorry that they have suffered, but that is all they will get from me. They were happy to leave this country for the bright lights, better standard of living and higher salary in the US. At least they have the means in which to pick themselves up with (he still has a job). Maybe he should have checked the small print of his insurance as storm surges are a known risk on Long Island. It is a tragic thing to have happened to them, but why should we in the 'old country' be bothered unless we are family?

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  • Cloth_Ears  |  November 12 2012, 9:25AM

    I for one will not donate money to help this gentleman, repair his "DEN" and "FLORIDA ROOM" whatever that is? He should have got his priorities right and made sure he had adequate insurance cover. I just hope this doesn't open the flood gates for more begging stories!

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