One year after Sandy

By Mark Fowser 11:54am, October 29, 2013 - Updated 11:56am, October 29, 2013
(WDEL File)
One year after Sandy, the "super storm" is being vividly recalled on Delmarva.

"It just came down like a wall and really inundated the marsh side of our community," Jim Bailey told us one year ago.

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Today, the head of the Broadkill Beach Preservation Association says efforts are underway to improve the beach.

"Here in Broadkill we're kind of very fortunate with the upcoming project that's coupled to the dredging of the channel and the dredging material being deposited in Broadkill. That's in the works," Bailey told our sister station Delaware 105.9.

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Bailey says it's a constant battle for funding and protective action, because the bayside communities do not create nearly as many jobs or draw nearly as many vacationers as do the oceanside resorts.

NJ gov to help many towns mark Sandy anniversary

New Jersey residents are marking the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy in ways big and small.

They'll take part in vigils, hold prayer services and in some cases just spend another day ripping out moldy wallboard.

The storm made landfall in New Jersey, just north of Brigantine.

Gov. Chris Christie started the day Tuesday thanking firefighters in Seaside Park.

He was also expected to attend a Newark prayer service, thank volunteers in Moonachie, join a day of service in Union Beach and attend a pot luck dinner in Sea Bright.

Sandy damaged or destroyed more than 340,000 New Jersey homes and businesses, hitting Monmouth and Ocean counties particularly hard. It was blamed for 71 deaths in the state.

Still waiting for help, a year after Sandy

One year after Superstorm Sandy struck, a New Jersey woman whose family's home had to be torn down says she's still on a waiting list "for everything."

Debbie Fortier says the family started to repair the storm-damaged house, only to have inspectors tell them later that it was too badly damaged to fix. They had to knock it down and move into a friend's basement.

Fortier drove to Seaside Park this morning to tell Gov. Chris Christie that the family has yet to receive any aid. After the governor finished speaking at a firehouse, she walked out of the building with him, arm-in-arm, and told him of the troubles her family has faced.

Afterward, she asked reporters, "How long am I supposed to wait?" But she says she takes Christie at his word that help is on the way -- whenever that might be.

Today is stirring up frightening memories for people who survived the waves and wind that lashed their homes. A woman who lives in the New York City coastal neighborhood of Belle Harbor says, "People are terrified of the ocean, even though we've lived here all our lives."

Sandy made landfall at 7:30 p.m. on October 29th of last year, sending floodwaters pouring across the densely populated barrier islands of Long Island and the Jersey shore. The storm was blamed for at least 181 deaths, and property damage of $65 billion.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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