24/10/2013 06:17 BST | Updated 24/10/2013 16:42 BST

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.

(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.


(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.

(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.

(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.

(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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