Superstorm Sandy: Looking back

Superstorm Sandy: Looking back

Coastal communities are still coping with the hurricane's effects. Jay Gray has more in this report.
Coastal communities are still coping with the hurricane's effects.  Jay Gray  has more in this report.

A year ago today the East Coast was battling the largest storm to ever build in the Atlantic Ocean.

Sandy ripped across the northeast shoreline leaving behind billions in damages.

It continues to be a tough and slow go for so many families who 12 months later still aren't sure when they'll get to go home.

"It's terrible. It's tragic," said Ian Bass who lives in Fairfield, Connecticut

And in so many areas it appears things are nowhere close to getting any better.

Union Beach, New Jersey resident Denise Love says she is shocked that a year later, she is still homeless.

"Never, we honestly figured maybe 6 months and we'd have a home," said Love.

It's been 12 months now and many who lost their homes are beginning to lose hope.

"We're being told we're getting there, we're going to see progress soon. I look around i see no porgies," said Love.

Desperation they understand in Seaside Heights which is recovering from the wind, water and a wave of flames that ripped through 4 blocks and 50 businesses along the boardwalk in September.

This morning New Jersey Governor Chris Christie talked about how a slow start to the recovery has made it hard for families and communities to bounce back..

"Part of the problem is, as you recall, it took 92 days for the government at the federal level to act on aid to Sandy victims," said Christie.

For many frustrated by the slow process of government grants and insurance claims, volunteers are the only way they've managed to survive.

"We've had a lot of support from outside groups. Of course habitat for humanity, they are a god send. And so that helps," said Union Beach, New Jersey resident Chris Jensen.

Help they are going to need for another year and in some cases even longer.

"We can't think the federal gov't is just going to take care of it all. It's going to be people like you and me who are going to step up," Carl Williamson of Gateway Church said.

Because there are still so many steps left on the difficult path back.

More help is on the way.

Yesterday the federal government approved an extra 5-billion dollars in recovery funds for five states including New Jersey and New York.

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