"My brand new pickup truck just floated down the street. I have no idea where it is, but it is shot." His roofing van is also ruined, leaving him unable to take new jobs, which are usually plentiful after a storm like this. "Not only has it hurt my home, but it's hurting me in the pocket." Still, he acknowledges that he's one of the relatively lucky ones: "Everybody's having a hard time. There's nothing to do but just clean it up." Stec and Alex Renata, who live down the block from Levatino off Graham Boulevard, also consider themselves fortunate. "Compared to other people, it's not that bad," Stec said as he cleaned his garage. The couple's car was soaked in seven feet of water, and the dank stench from the floodwaters wafted up into their living quarters, but he and his family had safely weathered the storm in Brooklyn. "We just bought this house five months ago," Alex notes. "This is our first house." Alfredo Zapata's home on Hunter Avenue was all but ruined by flood waters that rose to 11 feet and utterly devastated much of his block. "My next door neighbor died. Drowned. She was too old to leave," he said, adding the neighbor was only one of five people who were killed in Midland Beach during the storm.
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