Woman fights to keep house after damaged by storm

June 27, 2012 3:12:34 PM PDT
Edith Hotis calls her house on Shore Drive in Sound Beach her dream house, because she has a great view of the Long Island Sound.

The only problem is, because of storm erosion, her house is literally sitting on a cliff.

The town of Brookhaven says Hotis can't live in her house anymore. She is a widow whose only income is social security.

"It's something you think 'how could this happen in this day and age?'" Hotis said.

After the nor'easter in April of 2010, Hotis applied to FEMA three times for financial help to rebuild, but they told her she had insufficient damage. Her homeowners insurance also won't cover it, so the town of Brookhaven says it has no choice but to deem the house unlivable.

"I'm forced to leave here, what am I going to do?" said Hotis, "How am I going to move everything out? Are they going to pay me for anything? I get nothing."

In a statement to Eyewitness News, a town spokesman said that the town will take whatever action is needed to protect the health and safety of the resident.

Hotis says that there is not even a crack in the wall.

The goal is to get a wall put in her house that would fill in the whole space. The only problem is the cost. At the minimum, it would cost Hotis $205,000

"I'm not asking for charity, I just need help from somebody," added Hotis.

She has already started packing some boxes in case the help doesn't come. She says she is not leaving her home without putting up a fight.

Most people would understand why.

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