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10 NJ Communities Still Struggling to Recover After Sandy

NJ Spotlight looks at areas of Central and Southern Jersey still suffering a year after Superstorm Sandy.

By Scott Gurian, NJ Spotlight

One year after Sandy, many communities along New Jersey’s coast still have a long way to go to repair their damages. With help from our friends at Jersey Shore Hurricane News, we recently asked readers and residents to tell us which towns and neighborhoods they think deserve particular attention as the recovery continues. Here are some of the most notable responses. 

6. Port Monmouth (Middletown)

Along with the adjacent Middletown neighborhoods of Belford and Leonardo, Port Monmouth sustained widespread flooding, with water from the Raritan Bay and nearby marshlands rising up to people’s doorknobs. Driving around today, it’s hard to get a sense of just how much work still needs to be done, as many homes look fine from the outside. In some cases, residents recently settled with their insurance companies and got enough money to rebuild, but they’ll now need to hold off until the spring, when it will again be warm enough to pour concrete foundations. Some homeowners worry that while nearby communities like Union Beach and Keansburg have received plenty of attention, Port Monmouth has largely been forgotten due to its small size and the fact that many people don’t know where it is.

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