MANTOLOKING, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Residents returned Friday to a New Jersey shore community that was nearly destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.
Mantoloking is the last shore community to allow residents back following the Oct. 29 storm.
“We want to kiss the ground, thank the Lord,” said resident Hank Rzemieniewski.
“Going to sleep in our bed tonight,” said Debbie Rzemieniewski. “Can’t wait.”
But officials called it a bittersweet day. The storm damage was so devastating that many homes in Mantoloking are unlivable.
“After a long but understandable wait, many of our residents will be able to return to their homes,” Mayor George Nebel said. “Unfortunately, many other residents no longer have a home to go home to.”