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Progress made in fight to rebuild after Sandy

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There is some progress being made Thursday in the fight to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, but this time it's in the form of a demolition.

Jackie Campbell said she has been struggling to get her insurance company to pay to rebuild her home on East Broadway in Milford, but she couldn't touch the house until she stopped the appeal.

Now Campbell said she's chosen to move forward.

"It's very sad that this house that's been my home, and my children's home, all of their lives is coming down," Campbell said. "But at the same time I'm glad that I'm moving forward."

Eyewitness News first met Campbell just days after Superstorm Sandy hit. She was sweeping through her first floor.

Last week, Eyewitness News showed Campbell's struggle with the insurance company and the paperwork that claims this damage didn't come from the storm.

Campbell is a single mom with two teenagers, and her Federal Emergency Management Agency rental assistance is up. Now, she's chosen to move on using money from her own pocket.

"It's taken me almost a year to get to this point and I feel like I've actually accomplished something by getting to this stage," Campbell said. "It's been a lot of hard work and I'm still not done dealing with the insurance company, and FEMA, and the government."

Campbell said she refinanced her old mortgage, took out a new one and received some hurricane damage assistance from her employer to make it happen.

Before the construction crews moved in, Campbell and her neighbors got everything salvageable out, even the steps. It'll all be reused instead of going to the dump.

"Everybody got a piece of the house," neighbor Sonny Cooper said. "It's all over the neighborhood, a little memory for everybody."

Once the house comes down Thursday, Campbell said she is hoping to have a building permit by the end of the day with construction set to begin as early as next week.

Campbell said she's hoping to have a new home built on the same spot and be up-to-date on new guidelines from the Federal Emergency Management Agency by the spring.

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