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Still waiting for help, a year after Sandy

Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 11:30am  ET

SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) -- One year after Superstorm Sandy struck, a New Jersey woman whose family's home had to be torn down says she's still on a waiting list "for everything."

Debbie Fortier says the family started to repair the storm-damaged house, only to have inspectors tell them later that it was too badly damaged to fix. They had to knock it down and move into a friend's basement.

Fortier drove to Seaside Park this morning to tell Gov. Chris Christie that the family has yet to receive any aid. After the governor finished speaking at a firehouse, she walked out of the building with him, arm-in-arm, and told him of the troubles her family has faced.

Afterward, she asked reporters, "How long am I supposed to wait?" But she says she takes Christie at his word that help is on the way -- whenever that might be.

Today is stirring up frightening memories for people who survived the waves and wind that lashed their homes. A woman who lives in the New York City coastal neighborhood of Belle Harbor says, "People are terrified of the ocean, even though we've lived here all our lives."

Sandy made landfall at 7:30 p.m. on October 29th of last year, sending floodwaters pouring across the densely populated barrier islands of Long Island and the Jersey shore. The storm was blamed for at least 181 deaths, and property damage of $65 billion.

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130-a-13-(Governor Chris Christie, R-N.J., in interview)-"from the government"-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says Superstorm Sandy did tremendous damage, and aid has been flowing in. COURTESY: NBC's "Today" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (29 Oct 2013)


129-a-14-(Governor Chris Christie, R-N.J., in interview)-"evocative to me"-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says the devastation of Superstorm Sandy continues to haunt him. COURTESY: NBC's "Today" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (29 Oct 2013)


APPHOTO NJME104: As the sunrises, Sue Dougherty looks for shells along the beach In Seaside Heights, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (29 Oct 2013)

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