Real estate developer and real estate agent Aaron Williams says he and his partners have been dealing with floodwaters for more than a year.
Williams and his wife, Trisha, bought a two-story home on West 52nd Street in Midtown Manhattan.
They didn’t know that a storm could destroy the home’s roof.
“We had to make do with a wooden roof,” Williams told ABC News.
The family bought another house nearby, and when the storm hit, it took the couple years to rebuild.
They have since rebuilt the home, and it’s now home to more than 200 people.
“I thought we would never see this storm,” Williams said.
“It’s so much different now.”
The water is so thick that the windows and doors are “covered in black mud.”
Williams and his family have had to repair windows and remove the roof of their second home.
“We had a really tough time rebuilding it because we knew we were going to have to deal with this storm, but the roof’s still standing,” he said.
He has a couple more houses to replace.
“The real estate market in the U.S. has gone through a major correction, so it’s been a pretty crazy year,” Williams added.
The National Flood Insurance Program says that more than 60 million people were forced from their homes in the past month due to floodwater, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Floodwaters in New York city, which is in the middle of a historic drought, are now rising to record highs.
In the past week, the city has received more than 9.6 inches of rain, according a FEMA forecast.
The storm hit in the early morning hours.
The New York Times reported that the flooding is expected to continue until Friday morning.
The agency expects the storm to cause at least $200 billion in property damage and more than 500 deaths.
The storm is expected, in turn, to add to the national economic impact of the drought, according the FEMA website.
ABC News’ David Domen contributed to this report.