Sandy Survivors to Light Up Coast Tonight
East Coast marks 1-year anniversary of storm
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2013 12:03 AM CDT
This Oct. 30, 2012, photo provided by the US Air Force shows an aerial view of the roller coaster from the Seaside Heights amusement park on the New Jersey shore submerged in surf during Sandy.   (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

(Newser) – One year later, the Jersey shore will be lit up to mark today's anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Residents of a dozen shore cities will stand along the coast, shining flashlights, at sundown tonight. That's about the time Sandy made landfall, Reuters reports. More on the anniversary:

  • New York will also remember, with subway fees waived today for residents of areas most affected by Sandy.
  • Thousands of residents who were displaced by the storm still aren't home one year later, NBC News reports. While some families are living in homes that are partially repaired, others don't have enough money to rebuild and are still fighting red tape in order to get their insurance companies to pay, while they live with relatives or rental apartments.

  • Plus, just $5.2 billion of the $60 billion federal aid package has actually been doled out, the New York Daily News reports. And as one critic, Sen. Tom Coburn, pointed out, $65 million of that was spent on tourism-boosting TV ads. But a second $5 billion round of funding will be released soon and lawmakers are promising aid will be flowing faster now; by the end of the year several hundred homes will be fixed per day.
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Oct 29, 2013 2:40 PM CDT
Survivors? As in those who didn't die? Little bit of an exaggeration. It's not as if there was a massive loss of life. I was standing on the Beach that day before the surge came in. It was pretty cool to see what nature was capable of. It's always sad when people lose their property, but when you build or buy on the ocean, you have to understand that one day the ocean will take back that piece of land. No reason not to build or buy. Just be realistic and have the right insurance coverage.
Oct 29, 2013 9:11 AM CDT
The company that developed the Obamacare website, CGI, is also responsible for distributing $1.7 Billion of the Sandy relief funds.
Oct 29, 2013 7:12 AM CDT
"Plus, just $5.2 billion of the $60 billion federal aid package has actually been doled out, the New York Daily News reports." The only thing the Federal government is efficient with is stealing from the tax payer (the IRS) and redistributing that money to pay off the poor to stay in power (welfare.) The Federal government IS the Democratic party.