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Hurricane Sandy First Anniversary: Now And Then Pictures Show How Life Goes On After Superstorm

Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeastern coast of America exactly a year ago today affecting 24 states, taking 285 lives and estimated damages amounted to £45billion.

Also know as Superstorm Sandy, it was the most destructive storm of the 2012 hurricane season. The surge struck New York City on October 29th, causing chaos throughout Manhattan and the state of New York affecting the tunnels, bridges and flooding the streets.

Days after Sandy made landfall on the American east coast, those affected in the US and Caribbean were left counting the human, economic and political cost of the devastating superstorm.

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(TOP) Homes are shown surrounded by sand and debris in Seaside Heights, New Jersey (BOTTOM) The same homes are shown in Seaside Heights as residents try to get their lives back on track.
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(TOP) An emergency responder helps evacuate two people with a boat, after their neighbourhood experienced flooding due to Superstorm Sandy October 30, 2012 in Little Ferry, New Jersey. (BOTTOM) The same street is shown in Little Ferry, New Jersey October 22, 2013.


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(TOP) A boat from the Blue Water Club blocks Whaleneck Drive in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy on November 1, 2012 in Merrick, New York. (BOTTOM) Cars sit parked on Whaleneck Drive, which had been littered with boats after Superstorm Sandy on October 22, 2013 in Merrick.


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(TOP) Clean-up continues amongst piles of debris where a large section of the iconic boardwalk was washed away on November 10, 2012 in the Rockaway neighbourhood of the Queens (BOTTOM) Cars sit parked on the street October 20, 2013, in the Rockaway neighbourhood of the Queens borough of New York City.


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(TOP) The boardwalk and amusement park in Seaside Heights, New Jersey is shown destroyed by Superstorm Sandy on October 31, 2012. (BOTTOM) The boardwalk and amusement park in Seaside Heights, New Jersey is shown October 21, 2013.


A year on from the catastrophic natural disaster a reported 26,000 people in New Jersey are still homeless.

After producing some of the most striking images during the storm, leading photographic agency Getty Images have now revisited the scenes of the devastation, documenting how the residents affected have shown their determination and resilience to carry on their lives as normal.

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  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    UNION BEACH, NJ - NOVEMBER 21: (top) The iconic Princess Cottage, built in 1855, remains standing after being ravaged by flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy November 21, 2012 in Union Beach, New Jersey. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) UNION BEACH, NJ - OCTOBER 22: (bottom) The spot was the Princess Cottage used to be is shown October 22, 2013 in Union Beach, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: (top) Rising water caused by Superstorm Sandy rushes onto the pathway at Battery Park on October 29, 2012 in New York City. NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: (bottom) Tourists walk along the pathway in Battery Park October 23, 2013 in New York City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    LITTLE FERRY, NJ - OCTOBER 30: (top) A man walks through a flooded street after Superstorm Sandy October 30, 2012, in Little Ferry, New Jersey. LITTLE FERRY, NJ - OCTOBER 22: (bottom) October 22, 2013. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: (top) Rising water caused by Superstorm Sandy rushes into the Carey Tunnel (previously known as the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel) October 29, 2012 in New York City. NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: (bottom) Cars use the Carey Tunnel October 22, 2013 in New York City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    LITTLE FERRY, NJ - OCTOBER 30: (top) An emergency responder helps evacuate two people with a boat, after their neighborhood experienced flooding due to Superstorm Sandy October 30, 2012 in Little Ferry, New Jersey. LITTLE FERRY, NJ - OCTOBER 23: (bottom) The same home in Little Ferry, NJ is shown October 22, 2013. (Photos by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: (top) Rising water caused by Superstorm Sandy rushes into the Carey Tunnel (previously known as the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel) October 29, 2012 in New York City. NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: (bottom) Cars use the Carey Tunnel October 22, 2013 in New York City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: (left) Destroyed cars float in a flooded car garage due to Superstorm Sandy October 30, 2012 in New York City. NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: (bottom) People walk in and out of the garage on October 22, 2013 in New York, City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    LITTLE FERRY, NJ - OCTOBER 30: (top) A man walks through a flooded street after Superstorm Sandy, on October 30, 2012, in Little Ferry, New Jersey. LITTLE FERRY, NJ - OCTOBER 22: (bottom) The same house is shown in Little Ferry, New Jersey October 22, 2013. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    LITTLE FERRY, NJ - OCTOBER 30: (top) An emergency responder helps evacuate two people with a boat, after their neighborhood experienced flooding due to Superstorm Sandy October 30, 2012 in Little Ferry, New Jersey. LITTLE FERRY, NJ - OCTOBER 22: (bottom) The same street is shown in Little Ferry, New Jersey October 22, 2013. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    MONMOUTH, NJ - NOVEMBER 8: (top) The Monmouth Beach pavilion is surrounded by debris caused by Superstorm Sandy on November 8, 2012 in Monmouth, New Jersey. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images) MONMOUTH, NJ - OCTOBER 22: (bottom) The Monmouth Beach pavilion is shown October 22, 2013 in Monmouth, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    HIGHLANDS, NJ - NOVEMBER 1: (top) Regina Yahara-Splain cleans out her home after it was damaged by Superstorm Sandy on November 1, 2012 in Highlands, New Jersey. HIGHLANDS, NJ - OCTOBER 22: (bottom) Almost one year later, Yahara-Splain poses for a portrait in front of the same home, which she has since raised on stilts to protect it from future storms, October 22, 2013. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    HIGHLANDS, NJ - NOVEMBER 1: (top) A volunteer surveys a pile of boats, which were moved by Superstorm Sandy, on November 1, 2012 in Highlands, New Jersey. HIGHLANDS, NJ - OCTOBER 22: (bottom) Boats are stored at a marina in Highlands, New Jersey October 22, 2013. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: (top) Rising water caused by Superstorm Sandy rushes into a parking garage on October 29, 2012 in New York City. NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Traffic drives past the garage (which is in use again) October 22, 2013 in New York City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    LINDENHURST, NY - OCTOBER 31: (top) Gary Silberman surveys his home that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy on October 31, 2012 in Lindenhurst, New York, United States. LINDENHURST, NY - OCTOBER 22: (bottom) A home on Venetian Boulevard sits still damaged by Superstorm Sandy on October 22, 2013 in Lindenhurst, New York. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    LINDENHURST, NY - OCTOBER 31: (top) Residents of West Lido Boulevard take a break during cleanup operations following Hurricane Sandy on October 31, 2012 in Lindenhurst, New York. The storm has claimed many lives in the United States and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. LINDENHURST, NY - OCTOBER 22: (bottom) Cars sit parked in a driveway of a home on West Lido Boulevard October 22, 2013 in Lindenhurst, New York. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    MERRICK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: (top) A boat from the Blue Water Club blocks Whaleneck Drive in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy on November 1, 2012 in Merrick, New York. Superstorm Sandy, which has left millions without power or water, continues to effect business and daily life throughout much of the eastern seaboard. MERRICK, NY - OCTOBER 22: (bottom) Cars sit parked on Whaleneck Drive, which had been littered with boats after Superstorm Sandy on October 22, 2013 in Merrick, New York. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    FREEPORT, NY - NOVEMBER 02: (top) In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, boats continue to litter the landscape on Grant Street on November 2, 2012 in Freeport, New York. FREEPORT, NY - OCTOBER 22: (bottom) A home that had sustained damage during Superstorm Sandy sits on Grant Street on October 22, 2013 in Freeport, New York. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    AMITY HARBOR, NY - OCTOBER 31: (top) Resident Pat Lore checks out the damage caused to her home from Hurricane Sandy on the Western Concourse on October 31, 2012 in Amity Harbor, New York. AMITY HARBOR, NY - OCTOBER 22: (bottom) The backyard of a home sits empty almost one year after sustaining damage from Superstorm Sandy on October 22, 2013 in Amity Harbor, New York. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: (top) A fire burns near destroyed homes and businesses following Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in the Rockaway section of the Queens borough of New York City. NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: (bottom) Two people walk down a sidewalk past a now empty lot on October 23, 2013 in the Rockaway section of the Queens borough of New York City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: (top) Water floods the Plaza Shops in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, on October 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: (bottom) The entrance to the underground Plaza Shops remains closed due to unfinished renovations almost a hear after being flooded by Hurricane Sandy October 22, 2013 in New York City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: (top) Water floods the Plaza Shops in the wake of Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: (bottom) The underground Plaza Shops in lower Manhattan remain closed due to flooding from Hurricane Sandy almost a year after the storm on October 22, 2013 in New York City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: (top) A woman looks at a damaged car, after Hurricane Sandy October 31, 2012 in the Queens borough of the Queens borough of New York City. NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: (bottom) A man walk down a steet on October 20, 2013 in the Queens borough of the Queens borough of New York City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: (top) People walk past sandbags on a flooded street as Hurricane Sandy moves closer to the area on October 29, 2012 in the Red Hook section of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: (bottom) People walk past a building on October 23, 2013 in the Red Hook section of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: (top) A man walks by the remains of part of the historic boardwalk, after large parts of it were washed away during Hurricane Sandy on October 31, 2012 in the Rockaway neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: (bottom) A person rides a bike October 23, 2013, in the Rockaway neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: (top) Abandoned and flooded cars are sit after Hurricane Sandy on November 2, 2012 in the Rockaway neighborhood, of the Queens borugh of New York City. NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER - 20: (bottom) Cars sit in a parking lot on October 20, 2013, 2012 in the Rockaway neighborhood, of the Queens borugh of New York City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: (top) A woman and child walk through water on a flooded street as Hurricane Sandy moved closer to the area on October 29, 2012 in the Red Hook section of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: (bottom) A person rides a bike October 23, 2013 in the Red Hook section of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: (top) Hugh L. Carey Tunnel sits flooded after a tidal surge caused by Hurricane Sandy, on October 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: (bottom) Traffic passes from Manhattan into the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel on October 22, 2013 in New York City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: (top) Homes sit destroyed after Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: (bottom) Workers construct new homes on October 23, 2013 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: (top) The foundations to the historic Rockaway boardwalk are all that remain after it was washed away during Hurricane Sandy on October 31, 2012 in the Rockaway neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: (bottom) Two people stand on the beach on October 20, 2013 in the Rockaway neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ - OCTOBER 31: (top) The boardwalk and amusement park in Seaside Heights, New Jersey is shown destroyed by Superstorm Sandy on October 31, 2012. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ - OCTOBER 21: (bottom) The boardwalk and amusement park in Seaside Heights, New Jersey is shown October 21, 2013. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: (top) The remains of burned homes are surrounded by water due to Superstorm Sandy in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City October 31, 2012. (Photo by Mario Tama/ Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: (bottom) Newly built homes and vacant lots are shown in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City October 21, 2013. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ - OCTOBER 31: (top) The boardwalk and amusement park in Seaside Heights, New Jersey is shown destroyed by Superstorm Sandy on October 31, 2012. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ - OCTOBER 21: (bottom) The boardwalk and amusement park in Seaside Heights, New Jersey is shown October 21, 2013. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    MANTOLOKING, NJ - OCTOBER 31: (top) Homes built near a bridge sit destroyed due to Superstorm Sandy in Mantoloking, New Jersey October 31, 2012. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) MANTOLOKING, NJ - OCTOBER 21: (bottom) Mantoloking, New Jersey is shown in this aerial view October 21, 2013. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    MANTOLOKING, NJ - OCTOBER 31: (top) Homes built near a bridge sit destroyed due to Superstorm Sandy in Mantoloking, New Jersey October 31, 2012. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) MANTOLOKING, NJ - OCTOBER 21: (bottom) Mantoloking, New Jersey is shown in this aerial view October 21, 2013. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: (top) The remains of burned homes are surrounded by water due to Superstorm Sandy in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City October 31, 2012. (Photo by Mario Tama/ Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: (bottom) Newly built homes and vacant lots are shown in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City October 21, 2013. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    LONG BRANCH, NJ - OCTOBER 31: (top) A church cross stands amid wreckage from Superstorm Sandy at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean on October 31, 2012 in Long Branch, New Jersey. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) LONG BRANCH, NJ - OCTOBER 21: (bottom) The cross is shown October 21, 2013 in Long Branch, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Hurricane Sandy: One Year After Disastrous Storm

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: Homes are rebuilt after being destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, on October 21, 2013 in the Breezy Point Neighborhood of the Queens Borough of New York, New York. The storm killed 285 people and caused billions of dollars in damage - many of the areas destroyed by the superstorm are still being rebuilt, one year later. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 04: (top) A gas worker marks a gas line in front of homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy on January 4, 2013 in the New Dorp area of the Staten Island borough of New York City. NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: (bottom) A lot sits vacant, having been cleared of a destroyed home after Hurricane Sandy October 17, 2013 in the New Dorp area of Staten Island borough of New York City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: (top) Members of the Hague family try to salvage a washing machine from their flood-damaged home after Hurricane Sandy on November 1, 2012 in the Ocean Breeze area in the Staten Island borough of New York City. NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: (bottom) Neighbor Frank Moszczynski watches over the Hague family home, still uninhabited almost a year after Hurricane Sandy October 17, 2013 in the Ocean Breeze area in the Staten Island borough of New York City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: (top) Boats pushed up by Hurricane Sandy lie against residences near a marina on November 2, 2012 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: (bottom) A truck sits parked near a marina on October 17, 2013 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Then And Now: Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: (top) Boats pushed up by Hurricane Sandy lie against residences near a marina on November 2, 2012 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: (bottom) A woman walks her dog near a marina on October 17, 2013 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey and affected 24 states from Florida to Maine and cost the country an estimated $65 billion. (Photos by John Moore/Getty Images)

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