Home rebuilt for disabled Sandy survivor

Eric Katz's home was badly damaged in Superstorm Sandy. It has been rebuilt.

Eric Katz's home was badly damaged in Superstorm Sandy. It has been rebuilt. (7/24/15)

TOMS RIVER - A Toms River man living his life to the fullest in a wheelchair saw his dream home destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. Now, nearly 1,000 days since Superstorm Sandy, Eric Katz's wheelchair-accessible home has been rebuilt.

"I can't thank everyone enough for coming back and helping me when I needed it most," Katz says.

Katz lost the use of his legs at age 15 due to transverse myelitis. When water flooded Katz's street in Toms River, badly damaging his home, he thought the rebuilding would be next to impossible. But Katz had the will to rebuild and his reborn home is proof.

"It took many, many man hours to rebuild," he says.

Friends and family helped to gut the home, and contractors restored it to the way it was. There were even some improvements.

Katz says he wasn't able to live at home for 13 months while it was repaired. "But now I'm home," Katz says.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

From left to right: New Jersey State Trooper 1 New Jersey state troopers help deliver baby on I-287
An Amtrak power problem in one of the 2 More headaches for LIRR riders after Amtrak power problem
Sea Cliff's Troy Ramey was voted off 'The 3 Elisa's Entertainment for 4/26
4 VIDEO: Brooklyn Botanic Garden to host annual Sakura Matsuri Festival
The Pascack Valley High School girls lacrosse team 5 HS lacrosse team 'adopts' 8-year-old fighting brain cancer

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Sandy's flood waters destroyed his work and home, Disabled Toms River man rebuilds after Sandy

Eric Katz has been in a wheelchair for 15 years, spending the last four building

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.