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Sandy Relief Lags, Upsetting Watermen

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SMITH ISLAND, Md.- After Superstorm Sandy tore Jerry Smith's pier to pieces, he's been living paycheck to paycheck. He and his family are in financial ruins, waiting on Sandy Relief to kick in.

"It's survival. It's actually survival," said Smith, as he fought back tears. "If not, my family, my wife and kids will have to move and live with her parents. And I will have to move back into the old house."

Smith claims he was promised a low-interest rate recovery loan for the damage, but so far he has not received a dime.

"I don't want a hand-out. I want a hand up. I want to get back to where I was and I don't want more than I was and I don't want to be less. I just want to be back to where I was at."

Sandy made landfall Oct. 29, 2013, that was more than a year ago. Smith has not bounced back.

"I am very frustrated. It's unbelievable. It is truly unbelievable. I can't believe that the state would take this long to do anything. Do they realize how much we lost?"

He has $7,000-$10,000 worth of damage. He also lost close to $15,000 in revenue.

"It's impossible. We are right to the end. This is it. We are right to the end."

Somerset County officials told WBOC the money is available on the state level, but they are running into problems with applications. That's slowing down the process.

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.

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