Emotions Run High As Tri-State Area Looks Ahead To Sandy’s First Anniversary

From The South Shore To The Jersey Shore Many Are Still Rebuilding

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Survivors of Superstorm Sandy could be in for a tough weekend. Monday marks the one year anniversary of the storm.

Tamar Renaud, Director of New York City’s Project Hope, told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith that some survivors may experience a range of emotions.

“Anger, frustration, irritation, and sadness,” Renaud said, “Housing is obviously the one that’s coming up most often and the stress is around either not having housing or not having adequate housing.

Project hope has been a shoulder to lean on for nearly 200,000 New Yorkers who have struggled to cope in the aftermath of the storm.

Renaud stressed focusing on the positive and staying active in the community. She also said that victims who felt the need to talk to someone could call 1-800-LIFENET.

A Tough Summer In Seaside Heights

On the boardwalk in Seaside Heights the smell of fresh wood from new planks, benches, and handrails lingers months after the summer beach season.

Tourists were impressed.

“I think they did a really fabulous job,” one visitor said.

But after working hard to rebuild George, who runs games of chance, said that it was a tough summer.

“There were some people here but unfortunately for us it wasn’t enough,” he said.

However, Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Aker said that there is another way of looking at things.

“You can say I was 30, 40-percent down, or I was 60 to 70-percent up. Because, there was a real possibility you were not going to be here,” he said.

The town didn’t even repopulate until January.

“I’d never seen government work so quickly,” Akers said.

The resiliency of the shore was tested again on September 12, by a massive fire but Akers is confident in his town’s ability to rebuild a boardwalk.

“We can do this in our sleep,” he said.

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