Jamie Ratliff, Jon Wardle
Superstorm Sandy has devastated a major section of the Milford shoreline including Cooper Avenue where one family is still struggling.
It's been one year since Superstorm Sandy devastated the shoreline and many people are still waiting for grants to come through so they can begin to rebuild.
The Capece family has been out of their damaged Milford home since Superstorm Sandy hit and they're paying the mortgage on their home as well as the rent for the residence they're currently living in less than a block away.
One year later, they said they're still waiting for some help.
"It's been so long. It's a year now. Where do they expect people to live? We've got people living in trailers, people living in houses with no heat," Anthony Capece said.
Despite the time that's past, the ruin from Superstorm Sandy continues to haunt the streets of Milford.
The Capece family moved to Cooper Avenue five years ago and faced the fury of Hurricane Irene.
"After Hurricane Irene, I said to my wife, 'Well now we're going to build it to your liking,'" Capece said.
They fixed their home with the help of insurance and $45,000 of their own money, but three months later, 5 feet of water from Superstorm Sandy destroyed everything.
"I said, 'No way. Not again,' and when it did, it devastated us. I was kind of in shock for two or three months after that," Capece said.
More bad news came when they were suddenly denied the grant previously approved from Irene, Capece said.
"We were waiting for the grant because we got flooded, and then we couldn't get it because we got flooded," said Capece. "Our house, we haven't done anything to repair it because the last time I repaired it, we were going to lift it with the grant. It didn't come through in time, so we lost everything again."
Capece said they've been approved for a grant to lift their home but even if they receive the money, they can't make a move. The cable and phone companies need to move their wires to a new pole, and the family has been waiting three months just for that.
The situation is beyond frustrating for them.
"I would like to believe that progress is happening," Capece said. "I like to believe that everything my wife did wasn't for nothing. That I would like to believe."
For now, all they can do is wait and hope one day they'll be able to move back into their home.