Martin Langert lugged a dehumidifier to his car outside P.C. Richard & Son in Oceanside late Friday morning, brushing off a young store employee's attempt to carry it for him.
Langert, a 65-year-old retired schoolteacher living in Oceanside, said he bought the dehumidifier to dry out his storm-flooded basement. Mold has been growing there since Sandy wiped out his basement, his living room and three cars while he and his wife stood in several feet of water, watching helplessly. “It was definitely terrifying,” he said.
When they arrived at his new car, a Subaru, the store employee put his new 32-inch Samsung LCD television set in the trunk while Langert placed the dehumidifier in the backseat. Asked what he had looked for in the TV, he said, “whatever."
"We're on our way to recovery, but emotionally it's difficult,” he said. While the house has been gutted and is being repaired, he said they are still assessing the destruction: “Every day, we see something we lost.”
Pictured above: Martin Langert, 65, of Oceanside bought a television set and a dehumidifier at a local P.C. Richard & Son store for his home, which was flooded during superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 23, 2012)