One of the most powerful storms to batter the area, Sandy brought with it an 8- to nearly 14-foot storm surge and nearly 100-mile-per hour winds, devastating residents along the coast.
A total of 380,000 housing units were damaged or destroyed in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, estimates the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which itself doled out $1.4 billion in assistance to more than 182,000 survivors and another $2.4 billion in low-interest disaster loans.
That’s just a fraction of the total amount of damage, though. According to a National Hurricane Center report, the storm was second only to Hurricane Katrina for the costliest damage in the country’s history. Sandy amounted to nearly $50 billion in damage; Katrina racked up double that.
Damaged homes and vacant lots remain throughout the entire region. Many former homeowners have simply picked up and moved on with their lives, while others proudly display signs shouting, “We are staying!!!”
Elaine Patterson, an associate broker with Douglas Elliman Real Estate, told me that in Massapequa, N.Y., at least 15 percent of the residents are just gone. The abandoned homes and vacant lots left behind are being bought up by builders who are replacing the smaller neighborhood homes with nearly million-dollar new ones.
For some homes, the grass is green. For others, it's covered in dirt and gravel. For all those in the path of the storm, the recovery winds up looking pretty uneven.
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