He came, he saw, he got his photo op. Now you’re on your own, suckers.
Walking through his neighborhood in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown, Nick Kakalecz rattles off what happened to each of his neighbors after the storm waters of last October drove them from their homes.
One, a schoolteacher, had a baby and now lives with her mother.
The guy who lived next door now resides in Eatontown. And next to that house there used to be a structure standing. Today, it’s an empty lot.
That owner tore down the house and plans to put a modular one in its place.
A year after the storm, the scenario has been repeated in neighborhood after neighborhood, town after town, along the Jersey Shore and in dozens of other communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy: many residents still have not been able to return to the places they called home.
And according to a poll released yesterday, many believe it will take another year or longer before life returns to some sense of normalcy.
“It’s still unbelievable. It’s a year later and we’re still walking into this mess,” said Joanne Gwin from the shell of her Toms River home in what was once her living room.
Just a hunch, but do you suppose some of the relief aid was wasted?