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Staten Island Residents Return To Find Devastation

Sandy damage on Staten Island (credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Sandy damage on Staten Island (credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — After nearly two weeks, some residents were just returning to Staten Island Saturday.

“Today, it was the first day that I just got to the house, and it was hard,” said Naomi Ventura of New Dorp Beach.

WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reports

She held back tears as she spoke, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported.

“I don’t know how to say,” she said. “I have to start all over again.”

Ventura evacuated to Massachusetts, coming home to find her house filled with water.

“I can’t make it to the basement,” she said. “I just went to the first floor.”

So Ventura came to Miller Field to collect food and cleaning supplies from an army of volunteers, beginning her process of recovery.

The effort at Miller Field was part of a day of service for New York City. Storm survivors received food, water and emergency supplies at Miller Field, as well as Coney Island in Brooklyn and the Far Rockaway in Queens.

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