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Sea Bright Welcomes Back Resident Left Homeless After Sandy

SEA BRIGHT: Leslie Johnson is no longer included in the 25 percent of borough residents that have not returned to their homes.

Johnson’s home is nearly finished after it was flooded by 5 1/2 feet of water during Hurricane Sandy. The St. Bernard Project, which teamed with Sea Bright Rising and a coordinated volunteer effort by Farmers Insurance, helped rebuild the home located at 15 River St.

“It was a tough decision to knock it down or rebuild,” Johnson said at a ceremony held on July 10. “It was just nails and wood.”

She said she is glad she decided to move forward with rebuilding it with the help of Sea Bright Rising and the volunteers.

“Thank you does not begin to touch how I feel,” she said. “If it wasn’t for Sea Bright rising we wouldn’t be here today.”

Fifty Farmers Insurance employees, agents, and executives visited four sites throughout the the borough on July 10 to assist in the rebuilding efforts, completing everything from framing to dry-walling and painting.

Sea Bright Rising’s plan is to finish 22 homes in the borough this year and over 70 in 2015. Only 75 percent of the borough’s residents have returned to their home.

Johnson can officially take her name of that list.

“I’m truly luck to live her and you (the volunteers) are all part of my family now,” Johnson said.

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