New Jersey ‘Housewives’ Star Joe Gorga Reveals Family’s Account of Being Trapped in Superstorm Sandy

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Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Melissa Gorga and husband Joe are some of the more than eight million people without power in the wake of megastorm Sandy, which battered the East Coast on Monday night.

The reality television couple and their three children — Antonia, 7, Gino, 5, and two-year-old Joey — remain bunkered at the family’s $3.8 million mansion in Montville, N.J.

“Melissa is going out of her mind,” Joe told Celebuzz in an exclusive interview. “We have no heat, no hot water, but I’m keeping her warm. That’s what’s important.”

He added that no-one in their geographical area has power, though the couple does have a generator.

“One lamp is on and after a few hours we turn it all off. We have no cable and we have moved all our food into one freezer,” Joe said.

Melissa took to Twitter earlier this week and posted a photo of Joe, the brother of fellow RHONJ star Teresa Guidice, with a chainsaw in hand as he helped the recovery process.

“We had a tree hit the house and we have damaged gutters and stucco… we actually had three trees fall on our site,” he said.

While the Montville home emerged relatively unscathed, the same cannot be said for the family’s beachside vacation house on the Jersey Shore.

In its tear of destruction, Sandy left parts of New Jersey’s beloved shore in tatters, with beaches swept away and the famous boardwalk and amusement park almost completely destroyed.

“We actually went down to the Shore to see Melissa’s family and they’re okay,” Joe said.

“Everyone’s healthy and no one’s gotten hurt… but we haven’t seen it [our Shore home] yet, because the area is still flooded.”

As for how sister Teresa, a fellow N.J. resident, is coping after Sandy’s destruction, Gorga said: “I believe Teresa is doing okay… My parents are there and they have electricity.”

The Gorga and Guidices are estranged in the wake of last season’s “Strippergate” scandal.