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Recovery Efforts Still Continue On 6-Month Anniversary Of Sandy

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CRISFIELD, Md. - On April 25th, Sandra Douglas finally moved back into her Crisfield home on Fourth Street.

"My daughter lived in Princess Anne, so she come down and got me," said Douglas.

Six months ago, Superstorm Sandy left the 72-year-old's newly carpeted floors submerged in a foot of water.

"I was blessed having insurance," said Douglas.

But unlike Sandra, some residents haven't moved back in yet. City officials are working on rebuilding homes, including one on South Somerset Street, which had to be completely demolished and is still in the process of rebuilding.

"We have a long way to go," said Thomas Sinnott, Somerset County Long Term Recovery disaster consultant.

Even though FEMA granted Somerset County $8.6 million of federal aid, residents continue to seek assistance at the Somerset County Long Term Recovery Committee, which is working with the city to rebuild.

Homes completely torn down from the storm are now being built above the flood elevation level.

"All those homes that were built at two-feet above flood level, when they had the storm from when Sandy came through, they didn't get wet," said Noah Bradshaw, Crisfield city inspector. "[It's] proof that [building above the flood level] does work."

Officials say they're aware of the likelihood another severe storm could come their way.

"We anticipate and we will, because we're on the water and wind and water come through here," said Bradshaw.

To prepare for this year's hurricane season, they plan to utilize more sandbags in an effort to ward off flood damage.

But because of the traumatic events of Superstorm Sandy, the Long Term Recovery Committee is set to open up counseling centers around Somerset County. The centers are expected to open up next month.

"[Residents] start to worry," said Sinnott. "We've heard when children hear a big [gust of wind], they say, 'are we having another hurricane? Are we going to have to leave our home?'"

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