It's been about four months since Superstorm Sandy devastated areas of New Jersey and New York. It's going to be quite a few years before those areas are even close to cleaned up.
Employees from a Winchester area disaster recovery company have spent some time in New York cleaning up what Sandy left behind.
They clean up damaged homes just about every day and knew it would be messy, yet they never expected to see so much destruction.
When John McGraw and Chad Dehaven of GearClean arrived in Breezy Point, New York this past November, they saw a lot of damage.
"Valuables... just piled up outside, house after house. There wasn't a single house that wasn't affected by this," said director of sales and marketing, John McGraw.
"To see 28 homes that were completely affected. And then right in the middle of them were homes that were completely burned to the ground," said vice president, Chad Dehaven.
Breezy Point was hit with flooding, fires and serious mold damage. They spent two months there and focused most of their trip on remediation and restoration of more than 20 homes.
"To be up there and actually start to interact with these people... I was shocked and surprised to see how they actually pulled together," said Dehaven.
He says it was inspiring to see so many come together in the middle of a tragedy.
"You've got people that lost their entire home and everything that's in it, but they're more focused on working with their neighbors to rebuild their community," said Dehaven.
GearClean was honored to be part of that community effort to help rebuild.
"They saw that it was quality work. And they're desperate to make sure they're finding people because there was a lot of schemes and a lot of problems up there with a lot of the vendors," said McGraw.
Despite working 12-hour days, seven days a week, helping so many families who lost so much was a life-changing experience.
"To be able to provide that service, really allows you to feel good about what you're doing," said McGraw.
They say each home they worked on took about three to five days. On top of that, they were relying on electricity, which was on and off for much of their time there.
Sandy devastated areas still have a lot of cleaning up to do and the guys from GearClean hope that the area continues getting support from the rest of the nation.
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