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Flood-Prone Homeowner Looks to Sell After Irene

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Frank DiNardo had his late-mother's home on the market before Hurricane Irene hit Mamaroneck, but the flooding and damage has pushed several of his neighbors, including his own tenant, to seek higher ground.

DiNardo, a Brewster resident, lost his mother Esteren in November 2010 and tried to sell the First Street home before the next flood, which he knew would come sooner, rather than later.

"I grew up in this house and we've been dealing with flooding since Hurricane Agnes in 1972," said DiNardo, whose first words when he saw the street four feet underwater were, "Not again".

First Street is one of Mamaroneck's many low-lying areas, which were hit hard, but not as bad as Mamaroneck's last major flood event.

"The flooding was extensive, but not as bad as 2007," Village Manager Richard Slingerland said.

DiNardo remembers the April 15, 2007 Nor'easter well.

"We had to throw everything out after 2007 and redo most of the first floor," said the carpentry business owner, who had to replace four feet of sheetrock along the walls. He also remembers it well because it's his mother's birthday.

Four years later, DiNardo had to pump water out of the basement again, but this time it didn't reach the first floor, leaving his 2007 repairs intact.

DiNardo received a bid for the house in March, but passed on it because he wanted more money.

"I'm really kicking myself now, I should have taken their offer," he said. "Now, it'll take another three or four year to sell this place."

While DiNardo is concerned the flooding in the basement may scare off potential buyers, his real estate agent has told him it won't affect the value of the home. One Houlihan Lawrence real-estate agent said flood damage has never affected the value of a home in their 30 years of selling properties in this community.

Jaime Veve, who has lived next to the DiNardo family since 1995, wouldn't mind taking a loss if it meant getting out of the neighborhood.

"It's not just a flood, it's a disaster," said Veve, who moved from New York City, where he is considering returning to. "Anytime it rains you have an anxiety attack."

Do you live in a low-lying flood area? How do you handle it? Comment below.

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