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It's been exactly one year now since super storm sandy slammed into the East Coast of our country it cost an estimated get this.
Billion dollars in damage that makes it the second costliest weather disaster after Hurricane Katrina in the history of the next.
And while many areas have come a very long way to recovery is still far from over.
Of course the storm flooded hundreds of miles of coastline caught off power for hundreds of thousands of people.
It wiped out entire communities he forced thousands of folks in the shelters for sometimes weeks or months.
And in the weeks afterwards long lines formed at the few stations that had both electricity and gas.
Tensions ran high at the time.
But things are slowly getting back to normal.
The White House reports the feds have already paid more than thirteen billion dollars to sandy victims.
And photos from the hardest hit areas show other major improvements.
Here's a look at the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel this is used by goodness I don't know how many people.
Hundreds of thousands certainly per day the massive amounts of sea water that surge in the Manhattan.
And poured right into that tunnel that takes us from lower Manhattan to Brooklyn.
And rebuilding is under way in the breezy point section of queens New York.
Nearly a 130 homes burned to the ground and that fire that all of us remember after the storm.
And in -- at a location down the hard hit shore of New Jersey.
Workers have put in -- put up a new bridge were saying the destroyed that last one it was a horrible scene there.
With families who had lived there or vacation they're all their lives.
And here's seaside heights a brand new boardwalk is giving folks a reason to visit that iconic summer spot.
Once again if it ever turns summer again it's a long way away that's for sure Rick Leventhal is one who did get to go down to -- show was -- In the early winter Rick how -- people there went.
Odds but a struggle jeopardy as you know for many folks down here.
-- -- -- been transformed pretty dramatically they used to be a twelve to fifteen foot -- beyond that signed there.
We were here a year ago and watch the ocean waves reaching that -- we're up on the third floor balcony of the white Sands Hotel there.
And this is what it looked like back then.
Not sure you can see the water rushing down the street but there are -- -- that are coming on the motion to do things that were there protecting.
The land from the C have completely locked away but there are literally waves of water.
Rushing down Washington avenue Broadway hit avenue.
I want to the front door and many of the homes here are the numbers of cardinal -- lot of this hotel.
The next day I took a picture of the house right on the ocean where the -- in the front of the house was blown out by the wind in the waves.
And you could see that house today boarded up.
-- -- -- living in it there's -- they are they certainly have a lot of repairs left to do.
A military Samoa other photos that we took that day one of them on Washington avenue here down the corner where you can see how much sand.
Moved from the beach.
-- the street.
And into people's front yards and into their homes in some cases.
Obviously that's all been cleared away everything -- usually the -- -- Ocean Avenue.
Where it looked like rolling dunes in front of the hotel there it was basically impassable the next day they had to bring in the heavy equipment to clear it out.
And this is one of many communities of course -- up and down the coast where you can -- Holmes still heavily damaged and beach that's still been pretty devastated in need of pretty -- repairs.
You know everywhere ever lived before here -- you kind of -- -- you as well you know in South Florida or along the Florida west coaster.
Louisiana south Mississippi you know this kind of thing can happen and you have to take preventative measures.
In the northeast.
Maybe we knew in theory but -- never happen in our lifetimes anyway -- now what am I what are they doing to prevent.
Well one of the things they're they're trying to do was build a massive doing project up and -- new Jersey's coast -- 127 miles of it.
To protect these communities from future storms.
But it's got to sign off on and some like Point Pleasant beach still haven't signed the easements they're working on it but other -- including -- looking in brick.
Are preparing to build with the help the Army Corps of Engineers a massive doomed project it'll be some 22 feet high.
About 75 feet across and they're gonna extend the beach a couple hundred feet out into the ocean Oslo -- down and and watching it by about.
Three times as -- -- it as it is now and the theory it's at least that all that extra sand and all that extra.
Protection will keep these communities from flooding and -- hope it works good to see -- Rickie thank you.
It to Rick Leventhal report.
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