The short term cleanup is far from over, but some residents of the New Jersey Shore are already thinking about the prospects of rebuilding.
FOX News Radio's Rich Johnson reports from Toms River, New Jersey:
The key to recovery is power, and the utilities say it'll be a week to 10 days before everybody is back online. But in the longer run...
(Gioridano) "It's hard to imagine that, you know, 2013 can be much of a summer. It's going to be difficult to put all of the pieces in place by then."
That's Point Pleasant Beach resident Jerry Gioridano. Environmentalists are calling for a careful, cautious rebuilding of the Jersey Shore, but Governor Chris Christie is already saying those decisions should be up to the people.
In Toms River, New Jersey, Rich Johnson, FOX News Radio.
Just north of Toms River, in Brick, the clean up is hindered by blocked roads - things like trees, power lines...and boats.
WATCH as FOX News Radio's Rich Johnson encountered one:
New York was also slammed by monster storm Sandy, and in so many places, life is a long way from normal.
FOX News Radio's Courtney Kealy reports from Long Beach, New York:
Long Beach remains shuttered, completely closed down. Its residents without the most basic utilities.
(Fagen) "We're getting the water plant up and running. We're asking everybody to turn their faucets off so we can build pressure. We're hoping maybe by the early part of next week to have water services."
City Councilman Mike Fagen helping out National Guardsmen and state troopers passing out FEMA care packages with ready to eat meals and drinking water. Most houses here remain in tact, yet severely damaged.
In Long Beach, New York, Courtney Kealy, FOX News Radio.
LISTEN to residents and visitors along the East Coast in the aftermath of Sandy:
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