Stories from Sandy

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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 Sandy. A community effort for the last five years to have a seawall built for protection in the event of a major storm for the low-lying beach front community with a petition signed by more than 250 New Dorp residents was met with mostly silence and little attention from local and State officials. Hernandez and hundreds of his neighbors' homes were flooded by more than 13 feet of storm surge from Sandy and 23 people on Staten Island died in the storm. REUTERS/Mike Segar