Sandy Victims Still Anxious Over Federal Funding to Rebuild - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Hurricane Sandy Victims Still Anxious Over Federal Funding To Rebuild

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -

The long lines are back at the world famous White House Sub Shop in Atlantic City.

Hoagie lovers have been building quite an appetite after Hurricane Sandy shut the iconic sub shop down for eight weeks.

It finally reopened Thursday.

"I was craving," said one customer.

"It's great to come back home," said another. "This is home. The White House has been here forever."

Flood waters from Sandy shut the White House down back in November, causing owner Gen Basile to replace the floors, the walk-in refrigerators and other equipment, all with no help from insurance or the federal government.

"The people that put us back together were all local outfits. They were willing to work on assignment. When the check comes, they get paid," Basile explained.

The approval of a $9-billion federal aid package may help Sandy victims waiting for insurance company payouts to start rebuilding, but the White House owners and their 40 workers couldn't wait. Every day closed meant more money lost.

"Exactly, the exact figure we don't have yet," Basile told FOX 29.

"We needed to be back financially, be around our workers again. It was tough," said White House employee Rob Nistico.

Joe Schafer was grabbing lunch at the White House with a friend. He's a small business owner in Atlantic City, too. He's worried about being ready for what could be a make-or-break summer season.

"Congress is playing games with the Sandy money," he said. "We only have a short window of opportunity to get ready."

The lunch crowd here, meanwhile, said Congress better get moving on the rest of the aid package.

"I think they should be concerned about the people, not worry about the politics," customer Mike Tribulas said.

"Let it go. Get Jersey back. Get everybody back for a good summer. Bounce back," Nistico added.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • After 27 Years, The Showboat Casino In Atlantic City Closes

    After 27 Years, The Showboat Casino In Atlantic City Closes

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:24 AM EDT2014-09-01 05:24:50 GMT
    The Showboat Casino in Atlantic City has cashed out for the final time. The boardwalk staple of 27 years closed its doors for good at 4 p.m. Sunday.
    The Showboat Casino in Atlantic City has cashed out for the final time. The boardwalk staple of 27 years closed its doors for good at 4 p.m. Sunday.
  • 3 Council Rock High School South Students Killed, 3 Hurt In SUV Crash

    3 Council Rock High School South Students Killed, 3 Hurt In SUV Crash

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:23 AM EDT2014-09-01 05:23:05 GMT
    Authorities say an SUV carrying six young people overturned in northeastern Pennsylvania, killing three and injuring the others.
    Authorities say an SUV carrying six young people overturned in northeastern Pennsylvania, killing three and injuring the others.
  • Summer Heat Returns

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-08-31 21:14:08 GMT

    Summer is not over just yet!  90 degree temperatures will take us into September.  Much of the week ahead is looking hot with temps in the 90's and upper 80's.

    There is a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday.

    Unsettled weather will continue through Labor Day with temperatures soaring in the 90's.  We aren't looking at a washout but there will be pop up showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening on Monday. 

    Monday (90/72): Clouds/Storm

    Tuesday (93/71): Clouds/Storm

    Wednesday (87/63) Mostly Sunny

     

     

Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices