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November 20th, 2012
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Struggling to keep the family business afloat after Sandy – Poppy Harlow reports

From – written by Rose Arce and Poppy Harlow:

Ashley Murray never expected to follow five generations of men into the family business, selling industrial gasses and welding supplies. Then her father passed away and Murray, the youngest of his four children, stepped up. She became the first female president of Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding Supplies Inc. in Brooklyn.

But now the family history Murray was charged with preserving is at risk of ending. Liberty is in Red Hook, Brooklyn, an industrial park along a canal that connects to New York Harbor. When the waters of Superstorm Sandy surged, they engulfed 80% of her inventory in 4 feet of water. She is still without any government help.

"It's devastating. It's just been a devastating process," said Murray with tears in her eyes. "We're just kind of this lost block at the end of Smith Street in Red Hook (Brooklyn). I know all the businesses and all of the residents have been affected, but it seems like there has to be more help."

This morning on "Starting Point," CNN's Poppy Harlow reports on Murray's fight to keep her family business afloat.

READ MORE: Trying to keep the family business afloat after Sandy: 'It's devastating'

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  1. rthompson

    I feel this woman's pain. Katrina destroyed my business, and it took two years to rebuild. Bush's feds only offered a tiny SBA loan which turned out to be more of pain than it was worth. Thank God for the hundreds of real people volunteers who helped me repair and reopen...many were customers who wanted us to get reopened and themselves facing Katrina damage. I feel the federal government may have been more responsible for my loss than the Sandy victims, but regardless they should do a better job at helping. After 5 years we sold the reopened business, exhausted from the recovery and fiscal fragile. But I will always take joy in the outpouring of concern from the individual American people of all walks of life who helped us through those times. Hope you have the same level of support from those who really care.

    November 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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