ShareThis

A Look At Superstorm Sandy 5 Years Later

A Look At Superstorm Sandy 5 Years Later
It was five years ago today that parts of New Jersey were being hammered by Superstorm Sandy. So how is the Garden State faring today? It depends on who you talk to.

Governor Chris Christie’s assessment is, not surprisingly, upbeat.

“I’d say we’re probably about 85% done now,” the Governor said at an event this week. “We’ve probably got about a thousand families left to get back in their homes which is pretty good given we started at 365 thousand homes.”

Activists on the recovery front paint a far bleaker picture.

“We have families that have made it home,” New Jersey Resource Project Director Amanda Devecka-Rinear told KYW Newsradio, “but that road has taken a financial toll and a toll on people’s health both physical and emotional.”

She believes mistakes made mostly by the Christie administration made the recovery more difficult for many people.

“I think that they’re not home yet because of layers of failures,” Devecka-Rinear added, “and if we look at the recovery programs and the supports that were put in place, in retrospect, we realize there’s lots of things we could have done better.”

Article continues below

advertisement
Andrews FCU Nov 728X90

Christie admits it hasn’t been easy. One company brought in to lead recovery efforts had to be replaced about a year in, but its replacement did much to address administrative problems.

And he insists the state is better prepared for the next Sandy.

“We now will finally finish the project building a protective dune system from Cape May to Sandy Hook,” he said, “so that our beachfront will be protected again where we won’t see what we saw in other parts of this state.”

He’s also highlighting improvements to the state’s electrical grid and the placement of additional resources, like backup generators, available to hospitals and other facilities if needed.


Author: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/10/28/a-look-at-superstorm-sandys-wrath-five-years-later/ - David Madden

Archives


Teen Murder Suspect Back In Custody

Search Continues For Teen Murder Suspect

Job Fair Saturday At Bancroft Facility

Fate Of NJ SPCA Relies On Hearing

Woman Dies After Being Hit By 3 Vehicles

Woman Defeats Man Who Joked About March

Man Charged With DWI. 2nd Time in a Week

5 Suspects Wanted For Shoplifting Liquor

Voters To Choose Governor, Legislature

Court Orders NJ To Rethink Marijuana

Molotov Cocktail Sparks Car Fire

Animal Shelter To Get Million $$ Upgrade

Legal Smoking Age In NJ Goes Up To 21

Blue Lobster Gets Home At Aquarium

Rare Blue Lobster Caught By Fishermen


More Articles

Crossroads Programs 300x250


Sponsors

Crossroads Programs 300x250
















Wonder World toys Nov updated changes 2017 728x90