KEANSBURG - Some Keansburg residents are taking a big step today in the road to recovery after Superstorm Sandy.

Work began today to demolish 20 homes near Lawrence Avenue that suffered serious damage in the storm.

Edward Harver's home flooded with several feet of water when a nearby dune breached. He says the work today has been a long time coming, but he’s looking forward to moving on with his life. "I'm going to have it rebuilt and put a modular up there and we'll stay," Harver says.

The borough developed its own demolition plan with assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which will reimburse the borough for 90 percent of the costs, or approximately $700,000.

Another 20 homes are expected to be demolished by the end of September in the second phase of the project.

The borough says there is no cost to homeowners unless asbestos is found. They are required to pay for the removal.