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May 1, 2013

Hurricane Sandy: 6 months later

Damage left behind by Hurricane Sandy's landfall last October can still be seen along the US East Coast, especially the hard hit beachfront areas in New Jersey, as many communities work to move forward. Dubbed "The Superstorm" and reaching 1,000 miles wide at times, Sandy caused some $50 billion in damage and killed 159 people. ( 27 photos total)

Ken Flynn of Ship Bottom does some carpentry work for a home that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Long Beach, N.J., on April 30. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came to Long Beach Island for a town hall meeting, six months after the island was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. (Chris Pedota/The Record of Bergen County via Associated Press)

A home destroyed by Hurricane Sandy is seen on April 26 as it was left by the storm in Mantoloking, N.J. The October 29, 2012, storm moved ashore and caused severe devastation, especially in New Jersey and New York. The hurricane affected the entire US eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine and caused more than fifty billion US dollars in damage, an estimate only surpassed by Hurricane Katrina. It is expected to take years before the most heavily affected areas in New Jersey will fully recover. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Flags decorate a fence on April 25 in Brick, N.J., around the burned remains of more than 60 small bungalows at Camp Osborn which were destroyed last October during Hurricane Sandy. Six months after Sandy devastated the Jersey shore and New York City and pounded coastal areas of New England, the region is dealing with a slow and frustrating, yet often hopeful, recovery. (Mel Evans/Associated Press) #

A man surveys the Rockaway boardwalk, which was heavily damaged in Hurricane Sandy on April 29 in the Queens borough of New York City. Six months to the day after the devastating storm ravaged parts of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, many communities are still struggling. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

A charred pole stands in front of burned and damaged homes in Breezy Point, which was heavily damaged in Hurricane Sandy on April 29 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

The remains of destroyed buildings sit in the Rockaways, which was heavily damaged in Hurricane Sandy on April 29 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

A flag marking the empty plot of a beach home is seen in the Breezy Point section of the borough of Queens, six months after the landfall of Hurricane Sandy, in New York, on April 29. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) #

A man works in the burned foundation of a home in Breezy Point, which was heavily damaged in Hurricane Sandy on April 29. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

A construction crew works to build a boardwalk to replace the previous one that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, in Seaside Heights, N.J., on April 26. A section of the boardwalk is expected to open to the public on May 1 and authorities hope the entire thing will be completed in time for the opening of the summer vacation season at the end of May. The new boardwalk will stretch one mile and require three thousand wooden piles to be driven into the sand. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A US Air Force image from Oct. 30, 2012 shows an aerial view of the roller coaster from the Seaside Heights amusement park on the New Jersey shore submerged in surf, taken during a search and rescue mission by 1-150 Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard. (Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/U.S. Air Force via Associated Press) #

The Jet Star roller coaster is seen in the ocean beside the damaged Casino Pier, left, following Hurricane Sandy, in Seaside Heights, N.J., on April 27. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency) #

The Jet Star roller coaster is seen in the ocean at dawn on April 28 as it was left by Hurricane Sandy, in Seaside Heights, N.J. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A worker with the Parks Department helps to repair part of the Rockaway boardwalk, which was heavily damaged in Hurricane Sandy on April 29 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

A house is left in the Barnegat Bay, where the bay meets the Metedeconk River, after being pushed there by Hurricane Sandy, in Mantoloking, N.J. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Homes severely damaged last October by Hurricane Sandy, are seen along the beach on April 25 in Mantoloking, N.J. Six months after Sandy devastated the Jersey shore and New York City and pounded coastal areas of New England, the region is dealing with a slow and frustrating, yet often hopeful, recovery. (Mel Evans/Associated Press) #

Ryan Shtainhorn, left, is helped by friend Bradley Draifinger in shoveling sand from the family room while searching for possessions in Ryan's home that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in Mantoloking, N.J. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Raquel Rivera and her daughter Marisol Rivera, 7, share a moment in their hotel room at a Holiday Inn Express in New York City on April 25. Rivera has been living in the hotel with her daughter and fiance for the last six months after losing a rental apartment in the Brooklyn borough of New York City as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The city is putting an end to the program that has placed victims like Rivera in hotels. Rivera needs to leave the hotel on April 30th and says she has no place to go. (Tina Fineberg/Associated Press) #

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, greets supporters on April 29 in Highlands, N.J., before US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan appeared with Christie at a press conference and announced federal approval of New Jersey's plans to spend more than $1.8 billion in federal grants on Hurricane Sandy rebuilding and recovery. (Mel Evans/Associated Press) #

Governor Andrew Cuomo, joined by Benjamin M. Lawsky, left, superintendent of Financial Service, and Chuck Bell of Consumer Unions, demands credit bureaus take immadiate action to ensure Hurricane Sandy victims don't get hit with unfair black marks on their credit scores at a press conference at govenors office in New York City. (Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times) #

An aerial photograph shows some of the homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy as they were left by the storm in Mantoloking, N.J. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A destroyed home sits along the beach in the Bell Harbor neighborhood which was heavily damaged in Hurricane Sandy on April 29. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

People walk by destroyed buildings in the Rockaways, which was heavily damaged in Hurricane Sandy on April 29 in the Queens borough of New York City. Six months to the day after the devastating storm ravaged parts of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, many communities are still struggling. The super-storm killed dozens and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

An oceanfront home is being raised to protect from flooding in Ortley Beach, N.J., on April 25. Six months after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Jersey shore and New York City and pounded coastal areas of New England, the region is dealing with a slow and frustrating, yet often hopeful, recovery. (Mel Evans/Associated Press) #

Cyclists on a beach path try to get out of the way of Wayne Yarusi, right, president of W.A. Building Movers and Contractors Inc., as his team moves a house heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy onto the beach, in order to place piles into the foundation, in Manasquan, N.J., on April 27. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Men work on the boardwalk at Rockaway Beach on April 29 in the borough of Queens, six months after the landfall of Hurricane Sandy. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) #

Decorations hang on a charred tree in the Breezy Point neighborhood, which was heavily damaged in Hurricane Sandy on April 29 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

Graffiti on the wreckage of a home destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in Ortley Beach, N.J., on April 25. The hurricane affected the entire US eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine and caused more than fifty billion US dollars in damage, an estimate only surpassed by Hurricane Katrina. It is expected to take years before the most heavily affected areas in New Jersey will fully recover. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency) #


 
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