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Recovering From Sandy

A year after Sandy, the storm remains much more than a memory.

Workers rebuilding the Long Beach boardwalk in October. (Photo: Joe Kellard)
Workers rebuilding the Long Beach boardwalk in October. (Photo: Joe Kellard)
The one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy in October was a time to reflect on a storm that devastated many parts of Long Island. It was also a chance to check in on how Long Islanders were recovering from the storm. Here's some of Patch's Sandy anniversary coverage from across the island:

After Sandy, South Sixth Street Banded Together Like a Family

In the aftermath of Sandy, a damaged street became the biggest Lindenhurst family to help each other survive.

Looking Back: East Meadow Comes Together For Sandy Victims

Through it all, Sandy brought out the best in people in East Meadow. There were food and clothing drives, a benefit concert at Eisenhower Park, holiday gift collections and more.

Merrick Couple's Love Conquers Hurricane Sandy

"After the storm hit, people thought that having the wedding would be impossible. But I learned that if you really want to do something you will do it."

Lanterns Light Up Sandy Anniversary Ceremony in Long Beach

An estimated 2,000 people attended a “light the way home” lantern vigil in Long Beach at Kennedy Plaza, marking the one-year anniversary of when Hurricane Sandy slammed the city and remembering the many residents still displaced from the storm. 

Then & Now: Lindenhurst After Hurricane Sandy, a Year Later

Lindenhurst was on the receiving end of one of the deepest storm surges on Long Island, facing depths at the storm's peak between four to eight feet of rushing sea water. 

Babylon Teen Recaps the Sandy Year in Fred Shores

Babylon Village teen Caity Donnelly used her camera to document the storm's impact on her community – Fred Shores, one of the hardest hit areas in Babylon and on Long Island.

One Year Later, Remembering Sandy

Over the year, as repairs went on, affected homes went from damage, to tarps to new insulation, wood or shingles. And though the most of the debris is gone, some tree stumps are still obvious. 

Park View Students Thrive Under New Roof A Year After Sandy

Hurricane Sandy may have tried to rip apart a Kings Park elementary school, but in the process has brought its community closer together than ever before. 

One Year Later, North Hempstead Town Still Recovering From Sandy 'War Zone'

"What we learned from last year is that we need to be more prepared than ever."

Looking Back: Garden City Comes Together For Sandy Victims

The Garden City Hotel provided temporary refuge to some who couldn't return home after the storm. General manager Grady Colin said the hotel takes pride in the tight-knit community that is Garden City and said his staff worked tirelessly to offer relief.

Good News After Sandy: Pepi's Will Reopen

For a year after Sandy whipped the North Fork with fierce winds and rain, a battered restaurant in Southold has remained closed and broken, a sad victim of the storm. But in October, Pepi's co-owner Pepi Nikolov had good news: The restaurant will reopen.

Homeless Program Hit Hard By Sandy, Blizzard – Needs Help

"We can't take as many people this year as our resources are stretched to the limit. We lost revenue when Sandy hit as funds were diverted to the relief effort, and then, the blizzard increased our costs because we had to shelter so many people for over 48 hours at the Grange in Riverhead."  

Patchogue, Medford Residents Remembering When Sandy Struck

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I was waiting at standby at North Patchogue Fire Dept. I'm an EMT there and we had 60+ alarms that day. It was somehow both thrilling and boring at the same time."

Smithtown Restaurants Build New Community Ties Post-Sandy

Many Smithtown eateries suffered irreparable losses while left without electricity for days into weeks after Hurricane Sandy, but those that came through emerged with stronger bonds with the local community. 

Dune Road Could Be Raised With Federal Sandy Money

Those looking to drive down Dune Road from Hampton Bays to Quogue without getting their car stuck after a rain storm or full moon and high tide will soon be able to do that. In October, Congressman Tim Bishop announced that he is working to secure federal funds through the Superstorm Sandy supplemental bill to raise Dune Road.

East Hampton Sandy Victim Remembered 1 Year After Death

One year after a Montauk woman lost her life during Superstorm Sandy, a community has tried to care for the daughters she left behind.

One Year Later: Blue Point Beach Club Celebrates a Recovery

”It's been a very long journey and although there is still work to be done, we wanted to get together to say goodbye to a hellish year and welcome in what we hope will be a century of peace and tranquility." 

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