SEASIDE HEIGHTS - Parts of New Jersey remain a work in progress six months after Superstorm Sandy caused billions of dollars in damage.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has paid out $387.4 million in housing grants and $263 million to communities and nonprofit groups in New Jersey since the storm hit in October.

Reconstruction continues on the Jersey shore's tourist attractions, with the goal of having most boardwalks reopened in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

It's taking homeowners longer to rebuild as they await insurance payments and word from federal and state authorities over new flood maps that govern the price of flood insurance.

A new poll shows two-thirds of New Jerseyans who live in areas that were hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy say life has returned to normal, while roughly 1 in 7 say they are far from recovery six months after the mega-storm hit.

The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll out Monday finds that the number of residents in hard-hit communities who continue to struggle barely changed since December.  And 15 percent say they have barely recovered.