FAIRFIELD - The approval of $9.7 billion in Sandy aid has Fairfield residents hopeful for recovery and prevention.

Congress voted Friday to approve the aid.

Some of the 200 people living on Fairfield Beach Road say they won't be able to repair their homes if they don't get aid from FEMA and the federal government. Residents say their homes are gutted, uninhabitable or completely destroyed. 

Paige Herman, president of the Fairfield Beach Resident Association, says the community needs money to rebuild the beach and jetties so this kind of devastation doesn't happen again.

Officials say Sandy will cost the town nearly $9 million. They are hoping the federal government will pick up 75 percent of that bill.