Oct 31, 2012 / 05:17 pm
Catholic Charities agencies along the East Coast are working to assess the damage left by Hurricane Sandy and respond to the needs of those left in its wake.
Kevin Hickey, executive director at Catholic Charities of Camden, N.J., told CNA on Oct. 31 that while there is significant flooding and damage throughout the six southern counties that make up the diocese, “the main focus is the coast.”
“The devastation there is enormous,” he said, especially on the barrier islands of Ocean City and Atlantic City, which took a direct hit from the storm. Because access to the two sites is restricted, emergency workers cannot get there and do not know when they will be able to do so.
Hickey added that Catholic Charities has an office in Atlantic City, but said that he is “fairly confident that is underwater.”
New Jersey is one of several states that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy, a massive storm that made landfall in the U.S. on Oct. 29 and proceeded to sweep through the northeast, killing dozens and leaving some 6 million people without power.
Hickey predicted that there will be “a tremendous need” for food, as well as water and shelter, in the coming days. More long-term needs include arrangements for those who were evacuated from the barrier islands, he said, adding, “I think that’s going to become a challenge.”
One estimate predicted that power would be restored to most of the mainland by the weekend, but there is less certainty about when it will be restored to the barrier islands. …
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