Interview with Nelson Rivera, December 12, 2013

Rivera discusses how he met his wife and decided to live in Union Beach. He also talks about how close-knit his community is. Rivera talks about his expected outcome of the storm and his lack of preparation at the time. He also believes that there was adequate warning for those in the community about the upcoming storm. Rivera discusses the conditions of the neighborhood when the storm had hit. He also talks about staying with his brother-in-law and finding the whole Brooke Avenue house-less. Rivera talks about the flooding of his house and wife's car along with his backyard being destroyed by the storm. He also discusses how mold began to form in his house causing his family to get sick. Even though he was still sick, Rivera stayed in the house (his wife and children left) to continue to try to fix the damages. Rivera talks about how his Union Beach neighborhood learned to come together while healing from the storm. He also discusses his experience with someone trying to break into his house a while after the storm. Rivera talks about how he contributed at the local police department. Also, he discusses the lack of help from his insurance company. Rivera reveals his knowledge of the New Jersey Strong aid program. He also tells that he believes global warming might be a cause for these violent storms getting stronger. Rivera reveals his opinions on President Obama and Governor Christie after their attempt to help in New Jersey's time of need. He also believes the media coverage was accurate and was astounded by how much support he received from people from all different areas of the country. Rivera discusses his opinion about the appearance of Governor Christie after Hurricane Sandy leading to his winning of the election. He also believes that for the future, it is important to evacuate when told during state of emergencies and to always have a plan.

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