Mayor Says 'We Gotta Pray'

UNION BEACH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — It’s been over a year since Superstorm Sandy ravaged Union Beach, N.J., and help is on the way — but it will take awhile.

There are plans for levees, flood walls and pump stations, but the Army Corp Of Engineers won’t start work in Union Beach until 2015, WCBS 880’s Paul Haskell reports.

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“And you’re looking at 2019 [or 2020] until it’s done, so how many storms are we going to get between now and then?” said Mayor Paul Smith. “We gotta pray.”

The work won’t be done soon enough for many residents, still traumatized by last year’s storm.

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Joan Travis, who has lived in Union Beach for 35 years, said the trauma of Sandy is with her every day.

“Every time I hear a storm is coming — every time I hear it rains — I’m afraid,” she said.

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