TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — College of New Jersey Associate Professor Matthew Bender and his students are archiving the oral histories of victims of Superstorm Sandy.

“I think they provide a really good way for people in the future to look back and see what the storm really meant for people and how it transformed their lives,” Bender said.

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And as the group approaches 100 interviews from a wide range of those impacted, Bender said the stories are powerful reminders of the human toll the storm inflicted, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported.

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“The narratives that we’ve collected are very rich, personal, detailed accounts of people’s experiences,” he said.

Bender added that the stories of the past have real importance for the present and future.

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Transcripts of the oral histories are available on the College of New Jersey’s website.