It was a valiant fight. 12 ft high tides, 75 mile winds. Shore drive had water and Shore drive never has water. The day after was like a war zone. Five days later it still is like a war zone. Many don’t know if they’ll stay including most of the businesses. Residents lost boats, homes, cars, jobs and their sense of normalcy. We’re dealing with security checks in and out of town, lack of power, no heat, lack of food, heaps of debris on every street.
There is mixed emotion, some feel anger, some feel sadness, some feel despair. Some are already planning to move, some are planning their fixes and securing their contractors. One thing is certain, Highlands has changed.
One House on Barberie says – “Sandy you Bitch”, while another on Bay has the sentiment “Good Bye Highlands.”
What you can do:
Call your Flood Insurance Company.
Take Lots and Lots of pictures of all your damaged items.
The town is making debris pick ups if you put in front of your house. CHECK WITH YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY FIRST – some require a pile to review IN ADDITION to pictures – some just pictures will suffice.
Call FEMA and get a claim number.
Things you will need: Name, SSN, Household Income & Insurance Information – you will complete a 15 m in questionnaire.
People can apply for disaster relief at DisasterAssistance.gov; through smartphones at m.fema.gov; or by calling 800-621-3362.Home and business owners interested in the SBA’s loan program can apply at https://disaster loan.sba.gov/ela/.
If you took water, clean out with fresh water and bleach.
There are no estimations yet for turning power back on from JCP&L