Survey: 22 percent of Sandy victims still not home

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A new survey of Superstorm Sandy victims found that 22 percent of families are still not back home.

The survey was conducted by the New Jersey Resource Project ahead of the fifth anniversary of the storm. The study found that one of the main reasons people haven't returned home is because of underpayment of flood insurance to homeowners.

The New Jersey Sierra Club held a forum in Toms River Wednesday evening to discuss the data gathered by the survey. The organization says that growth has to be stopped in flood-prone areas to prevent future destruction by storms.

"We are now 17 times more likely in the next generation to have another Hurricane Sandy than when we were when Hurricane Sandy hit,” says Sierra Club’s Jeff Tittel.

Studies being conducted now suggest that coastal flooding will increase along with rising sea levels.

The survey also says that 70 percent of Sandy victims have suffered from physical or mental health issues as a result of the storm.

Superstorm Sandy caused $65 billion worth of damage.

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