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VIDEO: FEMA Meeting in Woodbridge Was 'No Help at All'

Not everyone was satisfied by the first public meeting in Woodbridge to discuss the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, four months after the storm slammed the township.


Four months after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of Woodbridge, people who are still struggling to get help with their hurricane-damaged homes didn't find much new at a meeting to discuss the storm damage.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held a meeting last Thursday at Woodbridge High School that was well attended. Victims of the hurricane, though, said they found little new from the panel of experts who sympathized with their plight, but couldn't make the federal bureaucracy move any faster than it has.

Mayor John McCormac was also at the meeting, the first public gathering since the hurricane struck last October.

The mayor said the township was the first municipality to apply for aid, and that because there was so much destruction in Woodbridge from Hurricane Sandy, and previously from Hurricane Irene, the township might finally qualify for flood mitigation projects offered by the Army Corps of Engineers.

It was small comfort for some of the hurricane victims. "There's nothing new here, nothing," said one man whose home is still unlivable. "All talk, no action."

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