Supplies given for Sandy victims in Atlantic Co.

November 4, 2012 3:23:32 PM PST
Residents in Ventor, New Jersey are slowly rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy left several homes and streets flooded and damaged.

Though Ventnor and Ventnor Heights didn't suffer the devastating losses of other shore towns farther north, the evidence that Sandy was here can be seen on just about every street.

Many homes on beach blocks and the bay were flooded and piles of wet furniture, carpets and otherdebris sitting on curbs and sidewalks, awaiting pickup.

Inside the Ventnor Community Center, a relief center has been set up and bottled water, baby items, clothing and blankets are available for residents in need.

The supplies were donated by individuals and businesses in Cardiff, Egg Harbor Township and other New Jersey communities.

Many of the people taking advantage of what's here are not getting items for themselves, but for friends, relatives and neighbors.

"I have a lot of friends that lost all in their house. They live on the first floor and they don't have anything," said Jose Santiago.

Bill Melfi, the director of Emergency Management says a dune project completed over the summer helped save many homes on the beach side of the city, but along the bay in Ventnor Heights, damage was worse.

"The water came up and went down several times. There are a lot of places where Ventnor actually looks normal but you would have to look for water lines at houses to see what happened. Ventnor Heights is bad. You can drive through Ventnor Heights and up and down the streets see the pile of debris outside," said Melfi.

Despite the mess, most residents were thankful it wasn't worse. Sandy Gurman loss her heating, air conditioner and two refrigerators.

"I'm so thankful that it didn't go in the house. This we can deal with, my whole family will come down and we will all chip in and do whatever we can," said Gurman.

Another relief center has been set up at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Bachrach Avenue.

Any items leftover at the end of the Sunday will be turned over to the Salvation Army for distribution in shore towns in other parts of the state.


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