Superstorm Sandy Damage Still Visible One Year Later

By Amanda Raus
|  Monday, Oct 28, 2013  |  Updated 8:30 PM EDT
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Superstorm Sandy Damage Still Visible One Year Later

Cosey Beach in East Haven A home rebuilt on Cosey Beach in East Haven after Irene, destroyed again by Sandy.

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When you visit the streets along Milford's shoreline, you can see the remnants of Superstorm Sandy are still very evident.

There's construction for homes that were damaged by the storm and other houses that sit boarded up and vacant because repairs haven't been made yet.

Pat Serini lives two doors down from one of the those homes on Point Beach. Her house still stands, but it, too, was affected by Sandy.

“We have our house already raised when it hit, but it hit up five feet, right to my front door,” said Serini.

Serini says the water got into her house, ruined the carpets and destroyed everything she had in her basement.

“Under the house, everything was lost including my lark, which I used to get around, and that was a $6000 item,” said Serini.

Serini says she didn't get any money from her flood insurance company and only got $4000 from her homeowners insurance.

She says that doesn't cover the repairs she's had to make to her home. Serini is just one of about 2,000 homeowners in Milford who were affected by Sandy. Some lost their entire homes.

“Complete recovery will not take days, weeks or months, but years. While government resources are often frustrating in the speed of their delivery, federal and state funding will continue to assist our rebuilding efforts,” said Milford Mayor Ben Blake.

Mayor Ben Blake reiterated that homeowners should be applying for federal and state funding like FEMA Hazard Mitigation Funding and the recent $30 million in grant money that people are applying for through Intake Centers.

“We're seeing more severe weather occurrences, closer together, and we need to prepare for that. We need to do everything we can to help our citizenry prepare for that. It's not just bridges and roads, but it's homes and schools and nursing homes that we need to make stronger,” said Governor Dannel Malloy.
 

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