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Crisfield Continues Recovery One Year After Hurricane Sandy

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CRISFIELD, Md. - Monday marks the one-year anniversary of when Hurricane Sandy first touched down on the coastlines of Delmarva. During this devastating storm, many parts of the peninsula were left in shambles, including the city of Crisfield. One year later, the businesses and residents are trying to put their lives back together.

The hurricane destroyed the dock in their downtown area as well as many homes and businesses. One of those damaged businesses was the "Weathered Porch," an antique store owned by Patty Green. She said just mentioning the word Sandy brings back emotions.

"That's a bad word," she said. "Very much. We don't even want to think of that word."

Green said that her store was full of water when she returned to assess the damage one year ago. Since then, it has been dried and cleaned, and is looking brand new. But she said the business has stayed slow since this storm.

"This is just what I call slower than a stop," she said. "It's just we feel like we're almost in reverse. That you look at each other and wonder what you're going to do. You got work you need to do in the store. But it's like 'where are the people?'"

Her husband Lawrence remembered the days after the storm.

"It was dead," he said. "There wasn't nobody coming. They were too busy trying to clean up their mess around here. People had chest-deep water around here in their houses. It was awful. It's been awful this year."

"It is heart-breaking," said Patty as she looked out at the dock. "It's very heartbreaking. And You think about it at night. You wake up and you think about it in the morning. And it's an all day thing. But all you can do is have a positive outlook. Thank your lucky stars for what you do have."

Green said that Crisfield is a resilient community, and that she believes it will bounce back. The dock, which has long been the centerpiece of the community is almost completely rebuilt. And Green said their hopes are still alive.

"We're building ourselves back. It's just a matter of everyone knowing that. That we're coming back and they need to come here and see us. And eat our seafood, and shop in our stores. And look at the beautiful view. You can't beat it."

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