Hurricane Sandy caused nearly $37 billion worth of damage in New Jersey last year, according to a November report from the governor’s office. Eight months (and $6.8 billion in federal aid) later, New Jersey’s beach towns are wriggling back to life.
June 29, 2013 People are again returning to Jersey Shore seaside communities such as Beach Haven, on Long Beach Island, after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the area in October. Sandy resulted in 117 total deaths across the region, based on American Red Cross figures; it also destroyed or damaged 346,000 housing units in New Jersey and affected 75 percent of the shore’s small businesses. Melanie Burford/For The Washington Post Buy Photo