One Year Later: 78-Year-Old Ventnor Woman Still Displaced After Superstorm Sandy
By Cleve Bryan
ATLANTIC COUNTY, N.J. (CBS) — One year after Superstorm Sandy, the streets are clear of debris, but homes and lawns tell a different story of recovery.
In Ventnor, 78-year-old Doloris Wright still can’t go home after Sandy damaged her walls, flooring, electrical wiring and much more.
She didn’t have flood insurance and even though she says FEMA grants will help her with $25,000, the process of getting the work done was overwhelming.
“I was so devastated that I just kind of gave up,” says Wright.
Her saving grace came through dozens of volunteers that have gutted and started repairing her home who are under direction of the Atlantic County Long Term Recovery Group.
“We have money and resources to help people and we need people to come forward so we can identify their needs,” says Henry Wise who heads the Atlantic County LTRG.
In Brigantine, Bob Huff is debating where to even take the $1,753 in government assistance his family qualifies to receive for repairing their home. He says requirements might carry more restrictions than it is worth to take the money.
“The RREM program had good intentions I’m sure, it’s application not so good,” says Huff.