Stony Point homeowners say recovery has been slow since SandyPosted: Updated:
Homeowners in Stony Point who were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy five years ago say the road to recovery has been slow.
Town Supervisor Jim Monahan says the combination of fierce winds, rain and storm surge was devastating and cost the town tens of millions of dollars.
Dozens of homes were destroyed, including six homes on Beach Road, where Greg Barbuto lives. Barbuto says that evidence of Sandy remains both in damaged homes still abandoned and new homes just now under construction.
The new houses are now required to be raised up 14 feet, and the government has instituted a slew of new rules to safeguard the town. Even with the upgrades, many residents say they live in fear of the next Sandy.
“We do our best to prepare but a storm of that magnitude, it could wipe out,” says Monahan.
Town officials say they are still working with the state and federal government on funding for several storm-related projects.