Sandy Anniversary: Hurricane Victims Continue to Struggle, Relie - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Sandy Anniversary: Hurricane Victims Continue to Struggle, Relief Lags

Posted:

CRISFIELD, Md.- Hurricane Sandy dealt a devastating blow to Crisfield. Heavy wind and rain flooded George Friedly's home, ripping the siding from his house. Now a year later, Friedly is still without a home.

"Everyday you are wondering how am I going to survive the next day," said Friedly. "Should I just give up? Should I walk away? What should I do?

Friedly reached out to FEMA, the Somerset County Long Term Recovery Committee and Senator Ben Cardin's office. But no luck. He said he did not qualify. So, he did what he could with the money he had.

"I have been doing most of the repairs myself because I can't afford to fix things up," said Friedly. "I struggle week to week."

Friedly, along with other Sandy victims, are fed up with the slow moving recovery efforts.

"While it may seem slow to many people; I do know Somerset County, in some ways, is light years ahead of New York and New Jersey's recovery," said Phillip Huber, who works at the Somerset county long term recovery committee.

There have been more than 200 reported cases of severe damage from the storm in Somerset County. Close to 60 of which have been resolved, and those families have recovered, according to Huber. Now, the committee is working on the next 60 families.

"A lot of the governmental money has taken a while to get here," said Huber. "Some of it has just arrived."

The Congress passed a $50 billion Sandy relief bill back in January. Homeowners are finally getting a slice of that pie ten months later, according to county officials.

Friedly says he's not asking for a speedy recovery, he's asking for just enough help to get him and his family back into a home.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Gillespie, Northam Spar Over Taxes, Trump

    Gillespie, Northam Spar Over Taxes, Trump

    09/20/2017 04:38:00 -04:002017-09-20 08:38:00 GMT
    Wednesday, September 20 2017 4:39 AM EDT2017-09-20 08:39:32 GMT
    Ed Gillespie, left, and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, rightEd Gillespie, left, and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, right
    The two major party candidates in Virginia's closely watched race for governor are arguing over taxes, President Donald Trump and what the state should do with its numerous Confederate statues.More
    The two major party candidates in Virginia's closely watched race for governor are arguing over taxes, President Donald Trump and what the state should do with its numerous Confederate statues.More
  • Del. Gov. to Sign Cancer Insurance Bill

    Del. Gov. to Sign Cancer Insurance Bill

    09/20/2017 04:36:00 -04:002017-09-20 08:36:00 GMT
    Wednesday, September 20 2017 4:37 AM EDT2017-09-20 08:37:16 GMT
    Cancer patients in Delaware will soon have more treatment option under legislation being signed by Gov. John Carney.More
    Cancer patients in Delaware will soon have more treatment option under legislation being signed by Gov. John Carney.More
  • 39 Arrests in Smyrna Street Drug Operation

    39 Arrests in Smyrna Street Drug Operation

    09/20/2017 04:11:00 -04:002017-09-20 08:11:00 GMT
    Wednesday, September 20 2017 4:29 AM EDT2017-09-20 08:29:48 GMT
    Two women were arrested after a traffic stop lead cops to drug paraphernalia.Two women were arrested after a traffic stop lead cops to drug paraphernalia.
    A major investigation into a street drug operation in Smyrna leads to the arrest of 39 people, authorities said.More
    A major investigation into a street drug operation in Smyrna leads to the arrest of 39 people, authorities said.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices