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Normalcy eludes many a year after Sandy hit NJ

3:08 PM, Oct 13, 2013   |    comments
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UNION BEACH, N.J. - Some families at the Jersey shore still can't go home nearly a year after Superstorm Sandy.

Bart Sutton fought with his insurance company over what it would cost to rebuild his flood-damaged home in Union Beach, then gave up in frustration and tore it down.

A week later, the money he had sought came through.

Simone and Ken Dannecker fixed their flooded home themselves.

Now, with the work all but done, they are all but bankrupt - and still can't afford to elevate the house they fought so hard to stay in.

And Gigi Liaguno-Dorr needs $2 million to rebuild the bayfront restaurant that was one of Union Beach's major employers. She has less than a quarter of that and says she has never felt so helpless.

WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press

The Associated Press

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