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Sandy Relief Meant for Somerset County may go Elsewhere

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CRISFIELD, Md.- The siding is missing from the walls, most of the porch is gone and a Crisfield home is supported by a few bricks.

Hurricane victims in Somerset County were promised millions of dollars in Sandy Relief. But that money may be dispersed throughout Maryland.

"It's just ridiculous. It's unacceptable," said David Ashby, of Crisfield. "It's really ridiculous."

Sheryl Green, of Crisfield, feels the same way.

"It's just sad for the people of Somerset County really," she said.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development set aside 20 million dollars for Maryland, and 80% of which was promised to Somerset county.

HUD deemed Somerset as the "most impacted and distressed county in Maryland."

"They came, looked at things, made promises and up and left," said Ashby.

But one year later, Crisfield is still recovering.

"There are a lot of homes still destroyed," said Ashby. "If you ride around you will see houses messed up and people are still suffering. It's ridiculous and really pitiful."

Relief is rolling out but at a slow pace. Hundreds of people are on the waiting list, according to HUD.

"It's not just about numbers, it's about relief and being able to accommodate that relief," said
Somerset County Economic Development director Danny Thompson. "People aren't just numbers. They are real people."

Thompson said it's a long process.

"We are hopeful that Somerset County will still be able to get its fair share and we'll still be able to precede were the economic process," said Thompson.

Whether the 16 million dollars stay within Somerset County is still unclear. But what is clear, is Somerset County's determination to bounce back from one of the worst storms in its history.

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