October 29th, 2013
12:47 PM ET

Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later

Superstorm Sandy carved a path of destruction last October, killing at least 117 people in the U.S. and damaging hundreds of thousands of homes, crippling businesses- and becoming the second costliest storm in American history, CNN's Indra Petersons reports.

The boardwalk and amusement park in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, were destroyed by on October 31, 2012 and reopened more than six months later to a slow return of tourists and locals.

Vincent Storino, Managing Member of Casino Beach Pier, LLC., says "We had a thousand man hours a day working on this project and what we accomplished in a few months should of taken a few years."

CNN's Deborah Feyerick caught up with the Sullivan family in Breezy Point, Queens, to check their progress as well.

In this community, 75% of the 2,800 homes flooded. 350 were totally destroyed and 135 of those burned to the ground during an epic fire in the midst of the storm.

Billions of federal "build-it-back" dollars are in limbo. New York City is painstakingly vetting applications to make sure the money is well-spent but none of it has gone to build anything back yet on Breezy Point, which is home to many city police & firefighters.

Daniel Sullivan's pays $200,000 on his mortgage but he thinks it will take another $200,000 to rebuild his home.

Sullivan says, "You don't know who's getting what, and who's entitled to what and so on but haven't seen anything from the city."


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