Mary-Lyn BuckleySep 5, 2018, 1:58 pmSep 5, 2018, 4:39 pm

Parents in Brick optimistic back to school restores normalcy after flooding

Fathers and mothers say their children are excited to return to classes

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BRICK — The Town of Brick took another step toward normalcy as kids went back to school Wednesday. Last month, the community experienced flooding and much of the town is still cleaning up and repairing the damage.

"It's a challenge, but get through it every day and that's it," said Tom Caulfield. "It's tough for everyone right now. A lot of people lost a lot of things; their houses are under construction, but I think people are getting through it and just getting back on their feet."

Just a short time ago, many families in the area lost it all due to the flash flooding caused by heavy rains. The Emma Havens Young Elementary and Lake Riviera Middle School almost didn't open due to mold issues.

Many blocks are still recovering from the flooding. But despite the hardships and challenges, Brick parents are overall optimistic about their children returning back to school in their community.

"Everybody got up, they're at the bus stop, they're excited, I'm excited. It's going to be a great school year," said parent Tracy Masucci.

Some other parents felt they were sending their children with not enough school supplies since flood damages have cost them a great deal already. But Masucci believes from firsthand experience, teachers in the area are very understanding.

"I think the teachers won't be demanding on supplies and what not, knowing that people have had damage done to their homes," Masucci said.

The community in Brick is one of the few in New Jersey that has gone through a number of challenges due to all the summer weather. However, things do seem to be turning around.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday a state of emergency has been lifted in Ocean County along with several others.

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