Residents Remain Displaced Nearly a Year After Hurricane Sandy

September 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm

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.

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