Hard-hit Connecticut residents face long storm recovery

By John Christoffersen

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Nov. 18 2012 9:50 a.m. MST

Cummings, an office manager, was driven from her house along with her two teenage sons. She figures she'll be out of her house for three months after Sandy dumped four feet of water into her living area. Her friend helped her find a room to rent in a nearby house.

She didn't cry when she saw the devastation. But then she learned someone stole her jewelry from her home during the storm.

"That was the first time I cried," she said. "For some reason that hit me harder that someone would do that on top of what we already had lost."

Cummings, who lost her children's art projects, Christmas stockings and photos, said she's waiting for insurance adjustors and has to pay up front for work, borrowing from friends and relatives even as she lives pay check to paycheck. Her diabetes is out of control.

"Emotionally it's been devastating," Cummings said. "We're kind of numb. We're not eating right. We're not sleeping. I'm eating Tums like Skittles."

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