City leaders in Milford are trying to get a handle on just how many homes were impacted by Sandy, and while they don't have an exact number, they know it's a lot.
When Sandy's storm surge slammed the shoreline, it sent waves crashing through Keith Kruysman's Milford home. The powerful storm destroyed everything in its path.
"I didn't know what to expect," he said. "When I started driving down the street and saw the water mark way up at the ball field, I knew we were in trouble."
In Kruysman's case, it ruined his flooring and his furniture, even leaving a thick coating of black mud inside his kitchen cabinets.
He's not alone.
Along with the water in Milford, many who suffered through Hurricane Irene last year are feeling the effects again 14 months later.
This time for Milford, though, it's much worse.
"Several hundred homes have been structurally compromised at this point," said Milford Mayor Benjamin Blake. "You see them here from the entire coastline, to Woodmont to Walnut Beach; we have tremendous destruction."
Blake said he believes hundreds of houses in Milford may be structurally comprised and added this city has never seen damage this bad before.
The effects of Hurricane Sandy spread to Interstate 95 north where the storm caused a gas line to shift and it caught on fire Thursday.
Firefighters were able to put out the fire and service was restored to customers in the area.
However, water remains still sitting in homeowners' basements.
"I think at one point there was about eight feet of water in the basement," said Katherine Hoda. "No hot water heater furnace, everything. And what I did to prepare was I put everything up on cinder blocks, but that's all floating around."
And after going through this once before and making the necessary repairs in order to return to their homes, some are wondering if they will stay.
"I'm not sure," Kruysman said. "I don't know if I can do it again."
But after 17 years on the water, Jackie Campbell said this is the only place that she wants to live.
"Even dealing with all this, it's the only house my kids have ever lived in, and they're 12 and 14 now," she said. "And I promised them that we'll stay, so we will."
On Saturday and Nov. 10, there will be a Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery Fair with FEMA, with the city's building department and insurance companies all expected to be present. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days at the Parson Gymnasium on West River Street.
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