The spot where Wayne Bozman's crab shed used to be in Frenchtown. (Photo: WBOC)
CRISFIELD, Md.- Thousands of dollars in disaster assistance are now available to people still trying to recover from Hurricane Sandy in Somerset County.
On Thursday, the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore announced that it is receiving $150,000 in grant money to help communities hardest hit by the hurricane.
The money comes from the organization's Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.
Organizers said that all 100 percent of the money will stay within Somerset County to help it rebuild.
"We've got a lot people, a lot of elderly who are on fixed incomes that they are living hand to mouth," said Rick Nelson, who is vice chairman of the United Way's Somerset County chapter.
"And so now you throw in a disaster like this and they have lost everything. They are the people with needs that cannot financially support themselves and this is to get them through back to where they were before."
Wayne Bozman of Frenchtown said that the storm destroyed his crab shed, which left him wondering how he will rebuild.
"I considered not doing it at my old age, I mean, I'm 69-years-old," he said.
Bozman said he is hoping he qualifies for some of the grant money since he never took any help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which he said offered him loans.
"We had our homes, our backyards and trees down and we still haven't gotten any of that cleaned up," Bozman said. "It's just unbelievable the work that has got to be done to recover from that storm. Any little bit will help."
Just like Bozman, Adam Dannenfelser of Fairmount said that he is also planning to take advantage of what could be a big help in putting his marina back together.
"I am hoping that they might help to rebuilding the docks, we did get some money to rebuild the inside but the docks and the grounds were not covered under our insurance so we have to do that all on our own," Dannenfelser said.
The United Way will start the application process on February 28 and will offer help from its offices in Salisbury, Princess Anne and Crisfield.
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