Interview with Linda Gonzalez and Melissa Manzi, March 20, 2013

Project: Staring Out To Sea: Hurricane Sandy Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Linda Gonzalez and Melissa Masey from Union Beach, New Jersey share their Hurricane Sandy experience with interviewer Trudi-Ann Lawrence. The mother and daughter describe not only their preparation for the storm, but also the devastating aftermath of their home, possessions, and town. Gonzalez, a lifetime New Jersey resident, lives with her husband, children, and three grandchildren in Union Beach. The two tell of their preparations and the warning given ahead of the storm, in addition to their expectations of the storm versus the realities of the outcome.

Sandy left the family with damage to eight vehicles, destructive flooding, and three weeks without power. Gonzalez describes the difficulties of getting gas for cars and the generator, taking care of young children, and getting creative with dinner. They discuss their experience with insurance companies and FEMA. The two take the listeners through the overall destruction Union Beach suffered in the aftermath as well as the compassion, strength, and support of the police and the community as a whole. The Gonzalez family believe the pain Sandy inflicted strengthened and gave them pride in the togetherness of New Jersey.

Interview Accession

2017oh103_sandy024

Interviewee Name

Linda Gonzalez

Melissa Manzi

Interviewer Name

Trudi-Ann Lawrence

Interview Date

2013-03-20

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Gonzalez, Linda Interview by Trudi-Ann Lawrence. 20 Mar. 2013. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Gonzalez, L. (2013, March 20). Interview by T. Lawrence. Staring Out To Sea: Hurricane Sandy Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Gonzalez, Linda, interview by Trudi-Ann Lawrence. March 20, 2013, Staring Out To Sea: Hurricane Sandy Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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