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Paul Hernandez of New Dorp Beach on Staten Island in New York City poses for a photograph as he stands in his front yard as a worker removes the collapsed remains of a portion of his home flooded by storm surge when Hurricane Sandy struck on October 29, 2012. Hernandez said he and other residents were angry at New York city for not doing more to protect their neighborhood from the ocean and the potential flooding of a storm like...

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Kim Joyce stands in front of the remains of her home destroyed by Hurricane Sandy on Crescent Beach in Eltingville on Staten Island New York. Joyce, who works at a Tribeca Manhattan restaurant owned one of the last remaining beach bungalow style houses remaining on the south shore of the island, an area washed over with storm surge from Sandy many blocks inland. Known to people in the area for protecting many neighborhood animals,...

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Sheila and Dominic Traina, pose for a photograph amid the remains of the house that they had lived in for 43 years in New Dorp beach on Staten Island in New York City which was completely demolished by Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012. The Trainas, who raised three sons and one daughter in the four room house built in 1925 among the colonies of former beach bungalows of New Dorp, a working class community which borders a stand...

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(L-R) Joeseph Ciavardone, Bobby Rasmussen, and Carlo Loporto, who have been friends and neighbors living in the New Dorp beach section of Staten Island in New York City since they where children in the early 1960's pose together as they take a break from gutting out the flooded remains of the home Ciavardone lives in and was raised in by his father, Joseph Sr. a professional Jazz musician and his mother Jeanne. All three men who...

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Linda Restaino poses for a photograph in front of a message written by her son on the boarded up back wall of her property on Marine Way in New Dorp Beach on Staten Island in New York City that was flooded with nine feet of storm surge flooding from Hurricane Sandy. Restaino, who has lived on the property for 35 years and who's husband Frank's family has lived on the property for 3 generations said they also had a home on a portion...

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Susan Aman poses for a photograph as she searched through debris for personal belongings from her father's house and the home she grew up in with her two sisters in Oakwood Beach section of Staten Island after hurricane Sandy demolished the home, sending much of its contents across the nearby marsh. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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Reverend Fr. Alex. K Joy, Pastor and president of the St. George Malankara Orthodox Church in New Dorp beach on Staten Island in New York City, poses for a photograph in the basement of his church that was completely flooded above the ceiling into the sanctuary above by storm surge flood waters driven by Hurricane Sandy. Flooding and destroying hundreds of homes as it did to countless communities along the Northeast coast, Sandy...

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Pete "Blitz" Bellantoni poses for a photograph as he takes a break from working to remove debris and personal items from his house which was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy which hit the area hard with more than 13 feet of storm surge flooding in Oakwood Beach on the south side of Staten Island in New York City. Hundreds of single story bungalow style homes, many built between the 1920's and 1950's, and many other homes and property...

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Lisa Perez and her next door neighbor Edward Perez pose for a photograph next to a tree that both were separately swept into by rushing storm surge waters when Hurricane Sandy struck their neighborhood of Oakwood Beach. Lisa, a Filipino American who lives in a single story home, was raised 8 feet above the ground with her daughter January Nuzzo, her one-month-old grandson Lucas and son-in law Michael Nuzzo, a New York City police...

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Kulib Abass, a New York city cab driver for the past 23 years poses for a photograph with his son Hassan, a Masters degree student in environmental science in the remains of where the house that they had shared with their family of five once stood on Kissam Avenue on Staten Island. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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Pastor Joseph Paul Morrissey, President of the International Christian Ministries New York City Office and a pastor with Grace Bible Church, holds his pocket Bible as he poses for a photograph where his house once stood that was swept off its foundation and demolished when Hurricane Sandy slammed into the low-lying Oakwood neighborhood. Morrissey, a general contractor and owner of a small productions company who lived with his wife...

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Patrick Zoda, a former 15 year New York City fire department firefighter poses for a photograph in the front window of his house in Midland Beach on Staten Island in New York City that he had to climb out of to escape the rapidly rising storm surge flood waters that devastated this area destroying hundreds of homes when Hurricane Sandy hit. Zoda, age 46, who on September 11, 2001 along with his former FDNY brothers from Engine 7,...

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51-year-old Joseph Ciavardone poses for a photograph as he sits on a FEMA supplied cot in a tiny room he is occupying in the shell of what was his home and where he was raised by his father, the late Joseph Sr., a professional Jazz musician, and his mother Jeanne in New Dorp Beach. Ciavodone's is just one of hundreds of single story bungalow style homes built between the 1920's and 1950's destroyed in New Dorp and the surrounding...

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Ronny Kmiotek, a retired New York City police officer poses for a photograph behind the wheel of his 1965 Chevrolet Impala that was found washed up seven blocks away from his home when Hurricane Sandy slammed into the low-lying New Dorp Beach neighborhood. Kmiotek, the youngest of six brothers and sisters from Staten Island, like so many others around him lost virtually everything when one of the worst storms ever to hit the...

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Jaswinder Kaur poses for a photograph as her two children Taranjot, age 9, and Harshjot, age 5, look on as they stand in the remains of what was their business: the Harsh Convenience and Deli in New Dorp beach. Jaswinder, a single mother who's husband was killed in an accident in 2011, had little insurance for her business that she rented the property for and faces an uncertain future as the building may need to be torn down....

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Alice Lauro and her daughter Margaret pose for a photograph as they hold their statue of the Blessed Mother Mary that was one of the few items to survive intact in their home on Staten Island's south side which was gutted by more than 12 feet of storm surge flooding from Hurricane Sandy. Raising her children in the home which the Lauro's moved into in 1989, Alice found the statue in 1990 buried in her yard while digging to create a...

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Anthony Morotto of Center Place in New Dorp Beach on Staten Island poses for a photograph in front of the home he rents with his girlfriend that was flooded by storm surge from Hurricane Sandy. One of only a handful of homes in the area with an attic or second story to seek refuge above the flood waters, during the height of the storm, Morotto heard screaming from behind his house. One of the houses behind his had shifted off its...

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89 year-old World War II Veteran Michael Arbinni, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and the Normandy Invasion poses for a portrait outside the two small side-by-side single story homes, built by Arbinni's father in the early 1920s, originally as beach summer homes like many in the area that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. "I never thought I would outlive these two little cottages but now I just might," Arbinni said. Facing...

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