Many Sandy-damaged homes in Manasquan still waiting on demolition

Residents have to wait for permits to remove the home, then additional permits to construct new ones.

Homeowners are still working their way through the

Homeowners are still working their way through the tedious and frustrating process of demolishing and rebuilding their homes. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

MANASQUAN - Six months after Superstorm Sandy struck the Jersey Shore, many inhabitable homes remain standing. 

Those homeowners are still working their way through the tedious and frustrating process of demolishing and rebuilding their homes.

Residents have to wait for special permits to remove the home, then additional permits to construct new ones. In Manasquan, homeowners like Lia Trench feel they are at the mercy of the borough, as well as the insurance companies and contractors.

"There's a lot of delay because of the influx of work," according to Lenny Salese, of LSC Builders. "It's so much work. They're understaffed. They're working with all the new codes towns have in place now to try and stop the flooding."

Trench, whose home was flooded by 5 feet of water, says her new home will be bigger and better than the one she lived in for 20 years. It will also be elevated to protect it from future flooding.
 

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