EAST COAST – It’s hard to believe it’s been a week since Sandy ravaged the East Coast, leaving over 100 people dead in the United States alone.
But it’s only just begun.
“Soon people will come back and see their homes and they’re going to see them devastated. They’re going to cry and we have to hug them, but we’re going to rebuild,” said Mayor Matthew Doherty of Belmar, New Jersey.
Relief efforts have been in full force to help out with Sandy’s aftermath, concentrating on the worst-hit states: New York and New Jersey
The Red Cross reports nearly $85 million in donations so far. Money that’s used for food, water, supplies and shelters for Sandy’s victims.
Don’t forget the National Guard. They’ve had just about the worst job out of the bunch.
“What we’ve been doing is trying to see if any residents that stayed over during the hurricane survived. That’s basically what we’re looking for here, any survivors,” said one National Guard member.
Some sought relief of a different sort all together at area churches.
Despite the good intentions, another storm is brewing. This time, it’s a nor’easter heading their way. Heavy rains and 50-60 mile per hour winds are expected to hit Wednesday. Don’t forget about the cold, either. It’s fall in New England after all. New York City is already seeing frigid temperatures in the 30’s and 40’s.
It’s still Election Day in the U.S. and many of Sandy’s victim’s didn’t let the disaster stop them.
“You know, I’m amazed at how resilient people are. A lot of people have voted already here today and 70% of this town is out of power,” said New Jersey governor Chris Christie.
Voters cast their ballots via email, fax, and even in tents. Talk about an intense election.