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Sandy

How Banks Could Bring New Hope to Sandy-Stricken Areas

by Allie Marshall
Representative Jeffries and Reverend Mobley in the Church

Allie Marshall

Two years after Superstorm Sandy, Coney Island is still reeling from the damage.  The United Community Baptist Church on Mermaid Street is in shambles, completely gutted after the extensive water damange.  The seperation of church and state doctrine prevents houses of worship to receive federal relief funds.  Without money from the government, places of worship have had to turn to banks; but, banks are not giving out any loans.  

Sandy Volunteer: Monique Pilie

by Veronica Volk

Monique Pilie, courtesy of All Hands Volunteers

It’s been a year since Sandy swept the coast and left devastation in her wake, and a year since people flocked from all over the country to help those affected. Not all of those volunteers have left, and at least one has no intention of packing it in anytime soon.

NJ Residents Still in Limbo 6 Months After Sandy

by Veronica Volk

Veronica Volk, WFUV

Six months after Sandy, residents of Ocean County, New Jersey are still living in limbo.  Last December, FEMA introduced maps advising people to raise their homes to certain heights based on flood risk, but the maps are controversial.  Many residents with bay or lagoon front property are frustrated because these maps hold them to the same costly construction standard as ocean front homes.

Jersey Firefighters to Help Each Other Rebuild after Sandy

by Jeff Coltin
Jersey City Fire Department

dotpolka/flickr

During Superstorm Sandy, many firefighters responded to emergencies while their own homes were being ravaged.  Now New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is responding to their needs with a program connecting firefighters who still need help rebuilding their homes with other firefighters who have time and skills to volunteer. 

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