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Sandy Relief Lags, Angers Md. Hurricane Victims

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SMITH ISLAND, Md.- Jerry Smith owns a small fishing pier business on Smith Island. It was torn to pieces last October by Superstorm Sandy. Smith claims he was promised a low-interest rate recovery loan for the damage but so far, he has not received a dime.

"What I am really upset about is that there is grant money and low interest loans for the watermen and it hasn't been handed out," said Smith.

Almost one year later, Smith said he's still empty-handed, waiting for money from Sandy Relief.

"I got a big hole in the roof," said Smith as we toured the damage of his home. "The whole piece of that roof is gone."

We spoke with county officials to see where the money is. Somerset County Economic Development Commission director Danny Thompson said the county is moving as fast as it can. But as of today, not $1 of the county's Sandy relief money has been disbursed, because Somerset County has not received any money from the state.

"Right now, I'm just asking for the money to put my business back together so I can work," said Smith, who struggles to make ends meet.

"I'm losing $7,000 to $10,000 in damage to the pier," said Smith.

Smith said at this point a speedy recovery is out of the picture, but he hopes to rebuild his pier before it is too late.

"If we don't get the grant money from the county that is suppose to be here, I will not work this winter," he said.

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