Old Bridge neighborhood of Laurence Harbor remains vacant 1 year after Sandy

A year after Superstorm Sandy, one Middlesex County neighborhood remains a ghost town. Some in the Laurence Harbor area of Old Bridge feel forgotten, and

A year after Superstorm Sandy, one Middlesex County neighborhood remains a ghost town.

A year after Superstorm Sandy, one Middlesex County neighborhood remains a ghost town. (10/30/13)

LAURENCE HARBOR - A year after Superstorm Sandy, one Middlesex County neighborhood remains a ghost town.

Some in the Laurence Harbor area of Old Bridge feel forgotten, and say it's doubtful that residents will return to the homes they had to leave behind after the storm.

Bruce Litchkowski was one of six children raised by his 84-year-old mother in a modest Laurence Harbor home where she hoped to live out her days.

"When you see this street now … oh, it's so sad,” says Sheila Litchkowski. “It breaks your heart cause we used to play on this street, walk to the beach."

Laurence Harbor was crushed by 13-foot waves from the Raritan Bay. Approximately 30 houses are condemned, and only one resident has returned.

Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry says the majority of the community has applied for the Blue Acres buyout. Henry says a government buyout is likely but admits the process has dragged on.

Bruce Litchkowski says he hopes that his mother gets a buyout so she can move on. Sandy has left the community she called home for 62 years nearly unrecognizable.

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