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Damage from Hurricane Sandy lingers in the shore town of Crisfield, Md.

The 2012 hurricane season has come to an end and it's another one for the record books. And while Hurricane Sandy spared much of Maryland's Eastern Shore, the little town of Crisfield continues to recover.

Crisfield is one of the quintessential Eastern Shore towns — it's a community of quaint old homes, owned by watermen and folks who've lived on the shore their entire lives. There's water on three sides of the city, so when Hurricane Sandy hit almost a month ago, all that water became a big problem.

Debra Sorenson lives in Crisfield and says her neighborhood, which has never flooded before, was completely blindsided by a five foot wall of water.

"I'd say that in about 30 minutes, it went from a dry street to about six inches of water flowing through my home," says Sorenson.

Hundreds of businesses and homes were flooded and many of those homeowners are still displaced. Volunteers and local churches are working overtime trying to help their neighbors get back some semblance of normalcy.

But Crisfield is facing a long road to recovery, and some town officials tell me some homes will be condemned, while many businesses may never reopen.

And with little to no assistance so far from the state and federal government, many Crisfield residents tell me they feel they've been forgotten when they need help the most.

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