"These are tough people. They've been dealing with this for a long time and the City Manager said that they had very few distress calls from people," says Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, (R) Maryland Sixth District.
The city of Brunswick reported more than 2,500 residents lost power for two days, and at least twenty trees fell onto wires blocking roads.
"I haven't really left here because this road was sealed off on both ends until just this morning," says Bill Caly, Brunswick resident.
Over 75 Brunswick residents came here to the shelter at the Volunteer Fire Department. They received food, clothing, and even medical attention. Congressman Bartlett says he's impressed with all of the effort from the emergency crews.
"We've learned that if you prepare that you have less problems. So I guess that's a good thing because clearly this is a devastating storm, but I think that we were ready for it," says Congressman Bartlett.
The Red Cross says volunteers from around the country started arriving a week before the storm.
"We had some clients that were affected by the power outages and some that were flooded out, so a little bit of both. Of course we're still doing our regular duties: We're responding to fires. We had a house fire yesterday that we had to respond to. It never stops," says Nick Geier, Executive Director with the Red Cross of Frederick County.
Caly and his family say the howling winds of sandy remind them of an F-5 tornado they survived in Wichita.
"That was quick, in 30 seconds it was over and gone. This one here, the winds, the sounds kind of brought those memories back and they just continued to last. It was pretty tough on both kids and my wife," says Caly.
The last residents just left the Brunswick shelter, and the Red Cross is moving on to their next call of duty.
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