CRISFIELD, Md. - Flooded streets and cars and homes abandoned in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Then came the volunteers repairing homes, lifting floorboard by floorboard, rebuilding from the floor up.
It became a community effort and a city changed. Those are some of the many images of Crisfield over the past 364 days.
But that effort, Rev. Betty Smith, a co-chair for Somerset Co. Long-Term Recovery "is a long term process."
Now another lifeline after Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) announces $19 million for Crisfield and other Maryland communities still reeling from Sandy. This comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, as apart of the Community Department Block Grant. The CDBG also awarded $8.6 million awarded to Somerset County earlier this year.
According to Mikulski and HUD, the money will go towards rehabilitating homes and buildings, helping businesses retain or create jobs in disaster impacted areas, among other eligible activities.
Smith tells WMDT this will help the recovery group's continued effort, which may last several more years.
"There's still a tremendous need, but certainly the community looks better," said Smith.
"We're rebuilding homes," said Mikulski. "We're opening businesses and everyday and every way, [the affected cities are improving], but it'll take about three years to fully complete this."
As for when the funds could become available, Mikulski says the government could write a check out to the state within the next week.