KEANSBURG, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – In one New Jersey town, residents are struggling to cope with the damage Sandy left behind as another storm is brewing.
The Raritan Bay flooded homes in Keansburg as far as a mile inland in the storm surge triggered by superstorm Sandy.
WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports
“It was raging like a river up the streets. And people don’t understand, it wasn’t just water. It was sand and clay,” one resident told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.
Residents have piled belonging into 20 foot tall mountains of debris at a depot near the bay.
Many homes are still without power and heat, so some are resorting to their gas stove ranges for warmth.
“We turn all four of them on, have it on for a while, turn it off, wake up in the middle of the night to turn it back on when it gets cold,” one woman said.
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A Nor’Easter is forecast to hit the Tri-State Area by mid-week and the temperatures continue to fall ahead of the storm.
“We’re just getting electric back on and then another storm? Oh my goodness. I’m devastated, I cry, I get frustrated. It’s just sad but there’s a lot of helping hands out there, which is a good thing,” another woman told Diamond.
A shelter has been set up in a middle school to provide residents with basic necessities like clothes, water and toiletries.
Gov. Chris Christie visited Keansburg Monday to thank volunteers for helping out in the wake of the storm.
“We want to get people their electricity back so they can get their houses warm. We have a Nor’Easter coming in, we’re trying to prepare for that now as well,” Keansburg Mayor George Hoff told Diamond.
Temporary housing has not yet been set up for residents who lost their homes in Sandy.
A curfew remains in place in Keansburg for all residents, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.