Chelsea Clinton visits neighborhoods hard-hit by Sandy

October 27, 2013 6:44:07 AM PDT
Chelsea Clinton visited two New York City neighborhoods badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy on Saturday, almost exactly one year after the storm wreaked havoc on them, and helped a family build their new house.

The former first daughter visited locations in Far Rockaway, Queens and on Staten Island.

Clinton helped the Lyons family hammer nails into a piece of siding at what will be the family's new home in Far Rockaway.

The family of five was in Brooklyn when Sandy hit.

When the family returned home a few days later their house completely destroyed, said Lintia Duncan-Lyons, a mother of five. "It was horrible, everything in the house was devastated," she said.

The new house is being built by the New Orleans-based St. Bernard Project with various partners that met through the Clinton Global Initiative.

St. Bernard held a competition for architects to design a "resilient" house for the area.

Duncan-Lyons said she can't wait for the house to be completed.

Construction is expected to be completed in July.

Clinton said she was thrilled that the family would get a home that is safe, secure, beautiful and affordable.

Saturday was the second Sandy-related "Day of Action" the Clinton Foundation has sponsored, working with thousands of volunteers.