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Employer helps Baldwin Harbor woman clean up Sandy damage
Doris Goldman watched with her husband in disbelief as superstorm Sandy caused water to rise 8 feet from the creek in her backyard, over the deck and flood her Baldwin Harbor home’s first floor.
Tuesday was a much better day, as her employer, Keller Williams Realty, stepped in to help clean up the damage.
Forty employees from the Austin, Texas-based company helped clean up not only their home, but five of their neighbor’s after several waterfront homes in Baldwin Harbor were flooded. Those employees were part of a total of 95 employees from Virginia, Massachusetts, Maine, Delaware and Ohio that helped gut and clean houses in Baldwin Harbor, Long Beach, Massapequa and Island Park.
“This would take another year to fix, but with all these people helping they’re making this easier on us,” said Doris Goldman’s husband, Allan, looking out the window at their caved-in pool.
Michael Brand, from Keller Williams Realty, carried boxes of canned goods into the Goldmans’ home and then picked up a broom to help mop the dirty first floor with bleach.
“Ninety-five percent of my town lost power, but I was blessed to have power so that I could help others,” said Brand, 35, of Randolph, N.J. “Over the last seven days, we delivered 62 generators, over 500 blankets, a thousand cases of water and other supplies.”
The company is using monies raised through its public charity, KW Cares, which supports associates and their families during emergencies, to help get employees back on their feet.
The Goldmans’ home was partially flooded by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011, but just as the family finished remodeling their first floor — with an office, playroom, living room, bedroom and two baths — Sandy hit.
“We were away in Aruba when our house was first flooded during Irene,” said Doris Goldman, 57. “We came home to lose half our house. This time, we didn’t believe it would be bad, so we stayed. By five o’clock, the lights were flickering.”
Goldman and her husband were glad they finally got their electricity back on Monday so that the volunteers could come and help them rebuild their first floor.
“If it happens again, I told myself, ‘I’m out of here,’’ but where would we go?” Doris Goldman said. “Truth is, I don’t want to cry for what we lost because I know that other people lost more than we did. I’m just glad we’re OK.”
Above: Keller Williams Realty employees from several states helped Keller Williams employee Doris Goldman clean up her Baldwin Harbor home after it was damaged by Sandy. (Nov. 13, 2012)