US Northeast Recovery
Suffers Setback as Nor'easter Strikes
November 08, 2012
More than half-a-million residents in the Northeast region of the United
States remain without electricity, heat, water - and some with no homes
- after Hurricane Sandy roared through the region early last week. Now a
new storm is hampering efforts to restore power and some degree of
normalcy to the devastated region.
Local communities had called reinforcements from around the country and
Canada. Residents of the Jersey Shore town of Rumson were struggling
after the "superstorm" when this next storm hit.
“No, not a good time, and we've all kind of had enough of this and now
we're getting socked with another one,” said Scott Paterson, Rumson
Despite the pounding wind and rain, this community keeps pulling
“We're really pleased with all the turnout. I don't think anyone could
have predicted that we would have this level of quality and quantity of
donations and volunteers,” said Jennifer Wargo Sapnar, an emergency
Sapnar helped organize a “comfort station.” It's here that people
affected by the storm can find anything from household cleaners to
clothes, but some need more than that.
“We've been able to cover all of their needs in terms of food, clothing
and a place to stay," said Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl. "The next crisis
we're facing, because we've condemned probably 50 homes here in Rumson
and many more across the river, is where their longer term living
situation is going to be.”
The new storm is making the situation worse.
winds are very high. The water is already coming up. We're afraid that
this storm is going to undo all of the progress that we've made this
week. Personally, I'm nervous that this storm is going to do even more
damage to what Sandy left behind,” said Dina Long, mayor of Sea Bright,
And some of the first-responders haven't even had the chance to deal
with what Hurricane Sandy has done to their own homes and families.
“It's the job. It's the job. But as chief I got to worry about my guys
getting home to see their families, which they have not really done. And
take care of their houses, which they have not really done,” said Police
For them, being on the front line of an ongoing disaster in the
neighborhood means coping with tragedy - both professionally and