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Sandy Anniversary: Hurricane Victims Continue to Struggle, Relief Lags


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.

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