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42 minutes past the hour now continuing coverage of the rebuilding after super storm sandy to New York now.
You know when these things happen it's hard to get a sense for how big they -- how much damage they've done and usually the first to know our folks in shoppers.
The first people that person we go to get a sense of the scope of the disaster was a guy named Jim Smith he's the chopper reporter for WNYW.
Fox five in New York City.
We met up with a a few days ago to get his unique perspective.
And to see it all for ourselves.
What were the emotions of that daylight.
It was tough use immediately start to feel.
For all the people that are going through that to have your house completely obliterated people that didn't know they had still had their neighbors.
Jim Smith took us back -- in the year and compared what we're seeing now to what he saw back then the boasted impressive thing.
To me was -- out of sand.
That was thrown off the beach to the boardwalk -- into the streets crews have swept up to say ended pulled away much of the debris.
But reminders of the destruction are scattered all across the New York coast.
Right now we're looking at -- -- avenue in Staten Island.
The progress that we could see.
Going back to the days after the storm obviously we had houses that were -- Through the -- that they have been removed.
There are several other houses here that were damaged significantly.
They have been.
Take it down.
What were the folks were back at the station saying if they were looking at your feet up.
It's -- the reaction that for many people that I heard was that they could not believe what they were seeing.
That as we -- show house after house after house they wanted to verify that we were not so in the same house or two houses over and over again that there were -- multiple houses.
-- that it happened.
Well we were up in the air for more than an hour and we'll have a lot more that helicopter -- what it was like then and what it's like now.
Tonight on fox report 7 eastern.
And six in Oxford but right now we're in seaside heights New Jersey the mayor bill -- says he expects the boardwalk.
Most of the boardwalk at least to be rebuilt and completed next month.
And it will be usable for Memorial Day.
Don't expect the jets -- roller coaster behind me -- to stay in the water for much longer the mayor says that within the next seven to ten days he hopes get.
A deal signed with a contractor to remove that entire appear from the ocean.
And the -- star is priority number one.
So you can forget about seeing more folks trying to swim out to that thing and climb up on top of it very dangers this guided it back in January to plant a flag.
Police arrested him.
After he came back down what is now the mayor of seaside heights mayor bill lakers -- it's great to see you thank you.
Thank you very much for -- are what a job right you you can't know by looking on TV.
That that the scope of this devastation it's incredible.
It is and and I always say that people to think they get a picture of -- once they see it on up on the television but a -- year here with your boots on the ground.
You understand what it's all well and all the hard work that's gone on -- If people come back to the jerseys when people come back to the Jersey -- this summer like this -- -- are are they gonna have the same experience that they had in past years.
I think all the experience you're -- sure you got the ocean that hasn't changed.
You're going to be on the boardwalk you're gonna have all -- smells and the sites that go with that experience.
And I think they're going to be it.
Whether it's a little bit different -- to BI.
But it's still going to be -- -- security.
And you're gonna have a -- -- -- and you're gonna enjoy your experience forcibly opened restaurants open tattoo parlors ice cream shop sausage it'll be.
All the above.
Everybody it's it's a real simple philosophy you don't -- your doors -- you can't pay your bills again at -- -- And everybody's right on target for that.
What discord walk and then the other businesses can get their doors fixed repaired.
So we could start opening up the businesses from the -- -- instead -- just from the west side.
This is obviously faced the shore here unlike a lot of communities and housing is back on the other side of the street how's that going.
The housing a little bit slower and I'll tell you where the one forgotten segment and all this is that the primary owners are getting some help the -- are getting help with the secondary homeowners good ones that are left out of this is not much money out there for.
But why is that what -- -- it's it's -- second home I mean that's much additional work at it really is and that and that's what it's doubly tough because you're blue collar town.
People can't put that -- themselves but I guess the priority is that you know getting a roof over your head whether it's here -- somewhere else.
The and I think you're gonna find that domino effect for most of the community's going forward here.
That without -- secondary homeowners coming back on line it's going to be very difficult when your community five months after the storm you were here in those days.
Can even believe made -- this morning.
And I'm being very candid about it now I've looked at that the next day and for whatever reason somebody asked -- do you think you'll be open for summer.
And I was just look -- -- get two blocks north.
So to be here where we are now lot of good people lot of hard work.
And you know it -- the saying goes journeys goodness of people around him I got great people and they started with a volunteer fire department police department.
And all the hard workers -- PWR administrator and we've got.
Good people people -- come together -- well mayor acres good luck to you but here's to a good summer.
Great so you have some work to do before then though and we'll have continuing coverage throughout the afternoon from new York and New Jersey.
If you're from a hurricane prone area and you've lived through this sort of thing before you know their pain.
The thing is they haven't been through this before so it's uncharted territory with a lots of obstacles.
The united states military -- -- match North Korea's tough talk today with a new display of force the rhetoric that -- the deployment of stealth fighter jets ahead.
Plus six months after the -- -- homes along the Jersey shores limits and -- beyond some folks say they haven't seen a dime from their insurance companies.
Why is that it -- -- change that's coming up as we approach the bottom of the hour in the top of the news live from seaside heights New Jersey.
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