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Aerial photo of damaged homes along New Jersey shore after Hurricane Sandy. Photo credit: Greg Thompson/USFWS

For Jersey Shore homeowners, hurricane and flood threats are worth the risk

When Hurricane Sandy’s floodwaters ravaged the first floor of Frank Cattie’s Ocean City, N.J., home, he assessed the damage, filed a flood insurance claim, and braced for the financial impact. But he was certain of one thing: He would not give up his slice of Shore heaven.

Cattie and his wife, Susan, who live in Jenkintown, bought a condo in Ocean City in 2000, then traded up for a nearly 100-year-old duplex a block from the bay in 2003. The house on North Street was a refuge — a place to read a book in the sun, relax at the beach, and share laughs with their two children and grandchildren.

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Then Sandy’s October 2012 flooding brought more than two feet of water inside and the first floor was ruined. They repaired the home, but Frank had always longed for something new. He retired in 2015 as the global head of sales for Medidata, and two years later, the Catties raised and rebuilt the home. Today, it’s three stories, elevated eight feet, with four balconies that overlook the Shore community.


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