WEEKEND EDITION

Residents Remain Displaced Nearly a Year After Hurricane Sandy

September 25, 2013 3:23 PMvideo

Krista Sperber longs for the day she and her family can return to her Sandy damaged home in Belmar.

“I don’t know. It just all looks like garbage because it is,” she said.

But with a crumbling foundation and what Sperber calls a grossly insufficient amount of financial help from her insurance company, she knows it won’t be any time soon.

“We have moved into our third rental since the storm,” she said. “A great deal of our day chasing our old lives, going to collect mail, remembering where to even ship a package is chaotic. But just trying to pull together your daily lives back into a routine with children is beyond chaotic.”

Sperber’s situation isn’t unique. Belmar’s mayor estimates there are still about two dozen families that have not been able to return to their homes.

“I think there are still hundreds if not thousands of families that are sleeping on the couches of loved ones and friends in Monmouth, Ocean counties up and down the shore. I can tell you in Belmar we’re not going to rest until those families are back in their homes where they belong,” said Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty.

Read the full story here.

↑ Back to top

About Us    Contact Us    The MetroFocus Team   Mobile   WNET Pressroom   Privacy Policy    Terms of Service

Ford FoundationMutual of America

Funders

MetroFocus is made possible by the Ford Foundation, James and Merryl Tisch, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Charlotte and David Ackert, Jody and John Arnhold and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation. Corporate funding is provided by Mutual of America.
© 2014 WNET    All Rights Reserved.    825 Eighth Avenue    New York, NY 10019