Sandy's landfall six months ago today wrought tremendous damage to the Central and North Jersey coastlines and brought one of the more widespread windstorms the Delaware Valley has ever seen. Damage, extensive at landfall, has been slow to be erased but in places rebirth has taken place.
"The largest problem is, nobody really knows how high we're going to have to elevate the house," Lynda Fricchione of Toms River said to the Associated Press. "At town hall they told us 5 feet, but then they said it might go down to 3 feet in the summer. Most of us are waiting until the final maps come out. It's wait-and-see." Governor Christie estimates about 39,000 families in New Jersey remain displaced, down from the over 160,000 that were displaced in the immediate aftermath of the storm. Some homes won't be ready until October of this year, others probably not ready until 2014.
Repairs not only are being done to boardwalk or home but to beach and park. In New York, 500 picnic tables and 150 lifeguard stands are being quickly put together in time for Memorial Day, many of those used to replace ones damaged in the wrath of Sandy.
“There were places in Staten Island, we couldn’t even find them — they were just gone, washed away,” recalled Chris Gruber, carpenter supervisor for New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation.
The tangible and physical are being replaced, albeit slowly in many cases, but the pain and suffering for many will continue as rebuilding continues along the Atlantic coastline...and those memories from Sandy will not fade anytime soon.