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-- our continuing coverage of the rebuilding after super storms -- the -- in New York one of the first people to get a true sense of the devastation.
Was Jim Smith.
What he went up in his job as a chopper reporter for WNYW television fox five.
We met up with him a few days ago and got to see how things have changed.
And how much remains to do.
-- Some flooding damage.
Maybe some debris thrown around but we had no idea what we're going to find -- and instead.
We found complete neighborhoods underwater we found houses that have been dislodged from their foundations.
We felt sea walls that had been broken through.
Jim Smith took us back up in the year to see what we find now we could -- a stretch.
-- that was destroyed.
And it's now being -- -- being rebuilt.
Rebuilding is under way but only sporadically along the coast of New York.
To see this a lot.
You do a prime example here in seagate Brooklyn where in the house is rising the house next still dealing with the damage from the store.
-- -- that process hasn't started for them.
The sanitation workers have -- away much of the debris.
Like the piles of rubble that once heard this -- always parking lot into a makeshift landfill it was completely filled.
What -- of trash that looked to be.
Twelve to fifteen hide it even higher in some cases and the -- -- once coated the streets at some places the sand looks like it was three to five feet deep.
Everything has -- bush it's -- neighborhoods.
And now months later all the streets have been reopened all the sand has been cleared out.
They've also cleared out the homes that blew off their foundations in the Staten Island community of Oakwood beach.
What was Oakwood -- like that.
This is one of the areas that it was unbelievable astonishing due to see what the force of water could do there were.
Five houses in this area that were.
Removed from their foundations.
And -- through marshy areas a couple hundred feet away we can actually still see some signs of the the -- That one of those houses look through through the weeds.
What we -- here.
A scar remains on the landscape in breezy point queens where a massive fire broke out his -- came ashore destroyed more than 100 homes.
There were portions of the houses that still remain.
Albeit charred remains of houses.
But now if you look around the area.
Everything has been.
Remove them with the exception of the foundations what -- the folks were back at the station saying is they were looking at your feet up.
The -- the reaction that for many people that I heard was that they could not believe what they were seeing.
That as we -- show house after house at their house they wanted to verify that we were not showing the same.
House or two houses over and over again that there were attacked multiple houses.
But that it happened.
Back on the ground Jim Smith told us how his unique view of the disaster.
-- helped him put it into perspective the first thing when I went home after my first day at work was I told my children be thankful that we still have a house overhead -- ever helpful.
-- lot of people don't have that tonight.
-- words for a lot of New Yorkers and New Jersey that day.
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