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November 16th, 2012
08:19 AM ET

Obama makes commitment of help to Staten Island couple devastated by Sandy, Mary Snow reports

Hard hit residents of Staten Island are dealing with the third week of the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Nick and Diane Camerada are two of them. CNN’s Mary Snow talks to the Cameradas about how they are coping.

While others in his community were anticipating a visit from President Obama to survey the damage there, Nick's mission was “keeping the heat on in his family's Staten Island house.” Snow says Nick “was more concerned with working on the boiler he was able to rig up just Wednesday to provide heat.”

CNN first caught up with the Cameradas last week as Nick described his harrowing experience.

“I went through the most pain that I ever went through in my whole life,” Nick had said, “from being electrocuted trying to get back into my house to watching everything, all my possessions and my family practically almost dying.”

Friends and relatives of the couple have been offering help since then, even delivering gasoline for the generator.

The Cameradas plan to rebuild their home, Snow reports. “But they say the 19- thousand-dollars they've been told they can get in government aid won't be enough—and feared the President wouldn't see how bad the damage really is.”

Nick says everything's all cleaned up now, but “it wasn’t pretty like this” the last few days. “They cleaned up now because the president is coming down to see the progress that was made down here.”

The Cameradas were able to speak about their struggles to President Obama once he arrived. Obama said he was committed to helping them out. “I'm gonna stay on it,” Obama said. “I’m not gonna be a stranger and suddenly forget all about it.”

They say they’ll see if Obama keeps his word on their road to recovery. “We’re gonna see the real Barack Obama,” Nick says, “his true colors.”

Snow says the Camerada’s “home still has no electricity and they learned of a potential setback. The gas line may be shut down while repairs are made, leaving them in the cold once again.”

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  1. Kelly Rupp

    I would like to give this couple a donation. I have written to AC360 for their address, but no response. Could someone provide me with their mailing address? Thank you and God Bless

    November 17, 2012 at 12:51 am | Reply

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