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Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force releases findings

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Hurricane Sandy has been called a once-in-a-lifetime storm, but that isn't stopping the federal government and local residents from taking steps to limit the damage should another hurricane come to our shores.

Almost a year removed from hurricane sandy and Pat Green's home is still a work in progress.

"10 months later and we're still working on everything," said Green, a Ventnor resident.

Flood waters from Hurricane Sandy made their way into Green's crawlspace before rising up through the first floor. $50,000 in repairs later, Green is making sure her house is prepared for future storms.

"We're put in waterproofing under there so that the dampness cant come through. We're trying to close the windows off so that they can be, no water can get in," said Green.

As Green continues making improvements, and with city of Ventnor improving drainage and bulkheads, President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force released its findings Monday. The list includes 69 recommendations, ranging from improvements to electrical grids to residents spending the money now to guard against future damages.

"We also most ensure that we are establishing guidelines for all infrastructure to make sure that they just not withstand today's storms but the storms of the future because of the changing climate due to climate change," said Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Not all are convinced climate change is to blame.

"You see these spikes of things happening. Can they all be attributed to climate change, no. this is a natural variation of the things seen across the planet," said Jim Eberwine, Emergency Management Coordinator of Absecon.

No matter the cause of the storms, Eberwine believes residents and towns need to prepare.

"I think if we would have had an infrastructure in place comparable to the 21st century, the cost of sandy would probably have been less than lets say half," added Eberwine.

As towns along the coast begin to evaluate the report's recommendations, residents like Albert Battaglia, who plans on raising his house above flood levels, hopes his home improvements will never be tested.

"Hopefully with the cities cooperation, the state, and the federal government working with us, we'll be able to make Ventnor a much safer area and much better for the people if we ever get something like this again, God forbid," said Battaglia.

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