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Sandy victims: insurance, red tape are horrendous

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Destruction in Mantoloking, N.J., after Superstorm Sandy. Destruction in Mantoloking, N.J., after Superstorm Sandy.
WAYNE PARRY | AP

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - Nearly a year after Superstorm Sandy, victims of the storm say insurance woes and bureaucratic red tape are doing just as much damage as the storm.

At a state Senate hearing Monday in Toms River, one of the hardest hit communities at the Jersey shore, many residents complained of insurance companies trying to low-ball them on payouts, and stringent aid rules that are delaying them from rebuilding.

Michael Mazzucca of Stafford Township says his family is split up all along the eastern seaboard while they wait for repairs to be authorized. He says his 15-year-old daughter, staying in North Carolina with a relative, keeps asking when she can go home.

Diane Mazzacca, also of Stafford, says she's ready to turn in the keys and walk away from her storm-damaged home.

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