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Sandy victims struggle to stay warm

Mold persistent in areas hit hard by flood waters

NEW YORK — Devon ­Lawrence neatly stacked bricks on the gas burner of his kitchen stove and turned up the blue flame, creating a sort of radiator that warmed the ice-cold room.

His two-story house in the Far Rockaway section of Queens has not had working heat since Hurricane Sandy’s flood waters destroyed the oil burner in the basement. Now mold is growing upstairs ­because the house has been damp for so long.

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