Hurricane Survivors

Photos Surface in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy (Photos)

The storm claimed many mementos from a lifetime. A look at the images left behind. By Nina Strochlic.

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When flood waters from Hurricane Sandy rushed through coastal areas of New York and New Jersey, precious memories were swept away. Now, residents are trying to piece their lives back together through photographs and other nostalgic treasures rescued from the storm.

 

A photograph floats just below the surface of a flooded street in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy on Oct. 30, in Massapequa, N.Y.

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Family members try to recover photographs and other personal items from the basement of Sheila and Dominic Traina’s destroyed home on New York’s Staten Island.

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Frank Burfeind displays a wedding photo salvaged from a flood-damaged home in the Ocean Breeze area of Staten Island. The photo was of his friend Alicia Kataldo and her father, Billy Hague. Most homes in the seaside community were inundated by the ocean surge caused by superstorm Sandy.

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Ginny Flanagan and her sister go through photographs and mementos that were recovered from her flooded bungalow in Breezy Point in the wake of superstorm Sandy on Nov. 4. The beachfront enclave, heavily populated by firefighters and police officers, was devastated during the storm when a fire pushed by Sandy's raging winds destroyed 100 or more homes and buildings.

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A photo surfaces, caked in mud after flood waters receded on Nov. 1 in Hoboken, N.J. Residents continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall along the New Jersey shore and left parts of the state and the surrounding areas flooded and without power.

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Personal effects are left out on a doorstep following Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken. The storm claimed many lives in the United States and caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard.

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Photographs of Elliott Miller's wedding day and graduation lay on a snow covered bench, as Jeanene Miller tries to dry out snapshots of her inlaws. The pictures were damaged during floods caused by superstorm Sandy in Point Pleasant, N.J.

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Steve Zboinski searches his house for valuables worth saving in Midland Beach, Staten Island, a few days after Sandy struck.

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In Hoboken, a photo of happier, and sunnier, days is left stuck in the mud.

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Frank Burfeind displays a photo album salvaged from a flood-damaged home in the Ocean Breeze area of Staten Island. Most homes in the seaside community were inundated by the ocean surge caused by superstorm Sandy.