Zurich to Mark 2 Year Sandy Anniversary With 24 Hour Home Build

October 23, 2014

Volunteers from Zurich North America, St. Bernard Project and Friends of Rockaway will work 24 straight hours on rebuilding a home damaged two years ago by Superstorm Sandy.

The rebuild is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October, 28 and finish at to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29. Construction on the Rockaway home will be nonstop and involve three shifts of volunteers, with the 24-hour project ending on the two-year anniversary of Sandy.

The home being rebuilt is owned by Doreen Stack and is located at 1401 Channel Road in Broad Channel, New York, in the Rockaway area of Queens.

Stack, a single mother of two, has resided in Broad Channel for 18 years and worked for most of that time as a meat packer at a local grocery store. The night Sandy came through, she and her kids were upstairs. The storm surge slammed two boats into their house. As the water and debris rose on the first floor, they climbed onto kitchen countertops and the washer and dryer. They watched a large shipping container ram the house. A subsequent 11-foot storm surge swept away their backyard oil tank and fence. Stack and her children were without water, food, heat and other basic amenities, including a bathroom and kitchen. The Stack family remains on the property, living in a trailer.

Those scheduled to participate include Dan Riordan, CEO of Zurich Global Corporate in North America, Ed Lopes, East regional executive for Zurich North America, Reese May, director of East Coast Operations for St. Bernard Project and employee volunteers from Zurich North America.

This marks Zurich’s second 24-hour home rebuild in New York City, and one of more than 100 homes rebuilt in Sandy-impacted communities by St. Bernard Project with support from Zurich.

Source: Zurich North America

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