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MSP in New Jersey to help hurricane victims

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(11/15/12) - Two dozen members of the Michigan State Police are in New Jersey assisting with relief efforts in a state that was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.

They are wrapping up 15 day deployment with plans to return home Sunday.

The troopers were sworn in by New Jersey's attorney general to have police powers in that state. Since then, they've been all over - helping communities get back on their feet. Sgt. Rich Casanova, of West Branch, normally works out of the Mount Pleasant Post.

Sgt. Casanova says troopers are on call from 8 in the morning to 8 at night. He is now stationed in Union Beach, one of the hardest hit areas in the state.

Union Beach has a population of a little more than 6,200 people. 200 homes were destroyed. In the short time MSP has been on patrol, they have seen some improvement.

"In the areas that we are in, along the coast line, it's complete devastation, but this is a resilient group of people, there's already contractors in there and already making repairs and in roads," Sgt. Casanova said. "They still have many years to recover, but in the short time that we have been here we have seen a drastic improvement in the condition that citizens have to live in."

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