HOBOKEN, N.J. (WIVB) – The October 29, 2012 superstorm devastated the New Jersey and New York coast, with catastrophic flooding. This once in a lifetime storm scenario is responsible for over 160 deaths, and an estimated $68 billion worth of damages.
As the storm roared in, the combination of the storm surge and damaging winds not only left houses damaged, but many were completely wiped away altogether. The days that followed were full of shock and confusion, as some residents searched for any evidence of a home that stood just a few days prior.
The rebuilding process has been very uneven. While some areas have seen great progress since the storm, many residents are still waiting for repairs to begin. Margurie Batts, a Coney Island resident applied for the “build it back” program, but did not qualify.
After a friend referred her to Habitat for Humanity, she finally saw progress after nearly 2 years of waiting.
For others, the wait continues, but progress is still being made.