Sandy Survivors to Light Up Coast Tonight

East Coast marks 1-year anniversary of storm
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2013 12:03 AM CDT
Sandy Survivors to Light Up Coast Tonight
This Oct. 30, 2012, photo provided by the US Air Force shows an aerial view of the roller coaster from the Seaside Heights amusement park on the New Jersey shore submerged in surf during Sandy.   (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

One year later, the Jersey shore will be lit up to mark today's anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Residents of a dozen shore cities will stand along the coast, shining flashlights, at sundown tonight. That's about the time Sandy made landfall, Reuters reports. More on the anniversary:

  • New York will also remember, with subway fees waived today for residents of areas most affected by Sandy.
  • Thousands of residents who were displaced by the storm still aren't home one year later, NBC News reports. While some families are living in homes that are partially repaired, others don't have enough money to rebuild and are still fighting red tape in order to get their insurance companies to pay, while they live with relatives or rental apartments.

  • Plus, just $5.2 billion of the $60 billion federal aid package has actually been doled out, the New York Daily News reports. And as one critic, Sen. Tom Coburn, pointed out, $65 million of that was spent on tourism-boosting TV ads. But a second $5 billion round of funding will be released soon and lawmakers are promising aid will be flowing faster now; by the end of the year several hundred homes will be fixed per day.
For more: has striking before and after pictures. (More Hurricane Sandy stories.)

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