DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) -
Even here in the Miami Valley Sandy's path of destruction is having an impact. The storm came ashore in New Jersey, near the area where a University of Dayton student calls home.
Elizabeth Manovill clutches her cell phone looking at pictures of her hometown of Manasquan, New Jersey.
The phone has been her lifeline during the past 48 hours.
Manovill says, "We had contact up until 2 days ago and then power was shut off only on cell phone reception was terrible calls would get cut off - that was pretty nerve racking."
Early Wednesday morning a call lasted long enough she learned her parents were ok. They had decided to stay at their beach-side home despite evacuation orders and are now dealing with the flood damage.
Elizabeth skims through pictures of the cafe where she used to work that's now a new beach thanks to Sandy.
Being so far away from her friends and family is tough and she's itching to go back home.
"Here I can't do anything to help and I can't witness it first hand I can't be there for my family and friends. It's been very tough seeing photos of the devastation but my parents are glad that I am safe," says Manovill.
This isn't the first storm her family has been through and she's staying positive and smiles knowing her community is strong.
Mannovill says, "I know it's not the same home that I left but at the same time there are still the same people it's just going to take longer for us to get back on our feet."
Elizabeth is staying positive and optimistic. She finally took a much needed nap after she talked with her parents. She's nervous but anxious to head back home for Thanksgiving break.