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November 7, 2012

Posted Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at 11:58 AM


Hurricane Sandy battered the mid-Atlantic region with powerful gusts and storm surges that caused epic flooding in the coastal communities of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, knocking down trees and power lines and leaving more than eight million people in the rain-soaked dark. The super storm packed winds of 80 mph. Those powerful winds, driving rain and storm surges are blamed for 98 deaths in the United States, including two small boys who were swept out of their mother's arms.

The toll of the storm is staggering, including a rampaging fire that reduced more than 100 houses to ash. New Jersey took the brunt, officials estimating that the state suffered many billions of dollars in property damage. Residents began the long, slow process of recovery.

Shivering victims of the Superstorm went to church Sunday to pray for deliverance as cold weather settling in across the New York metropolitan region -- and another powerful storm forecast for the middle of the week -- added to their misfortunes and deepened the gloom.

With overnight temperatures sinking into the 30s and hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses still without electricity six days after Sandy howled through, people slept in layers of clothes, and New York City officials handed out blankets and urged victims to go to overnight shelters or daytime warming centers.

However, the power of community is becoming evident as the days roll on with so many people and organizations reaching out to help those in need. The lives of those impacted by the storm are changed forever, but they won't go it alone. America has once again stood up to support their fellow brothers and sisters, and we once again prove what being united is all about.

As always, it is an honor to serve you in the Missouri House. If you would like to discuss any issue, please call 573-751-3629. You can also email me at Kent.Hampton@house.mo.gov. I look forward to hearing from you.

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