The first floor of Ralph Rivera’s house in Howard Beach was completely flooded on Monday, when Hurricane Sandy hit the shores of Queens. Rivera said he did not expect such damage, as last year his house was spared by Hurricane Irene. Howard Beach was located in a zone B, the city said, and residents were not required to evacuate. Rivera and his son stayed in the house to “keep the ship.”. The house is uninhabitable for the moment. The family is still waiting for the power to come back, and currently lives in Cypress Hills Brooklyn, where Rivera’s wife runs a day care center.

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