Recovery has been rougher in some areas than others in the year after Superstorm Sandy.
Last year, surging flood waters forced a Staten Island woman and her three children into the attic of their one-story bungalow on Mason Avenue in Midland Beach.
Pete Vadola said his wife accidentally turned a stove burner on, while reaching for a dog treat before leaving the house for a family dinner.
A manhole fire left part of Staten Island without power in the middle of a brutal heat wave overnight, and Con Edison has reduced voltage in many areas in as crews repair equipment.
On Tuesday, the Swedish furniture retailer announced it will be donating home furnishings – including hundreds of beds, mattresses, dining room sets, and sofas – to those who lost “the basic furniture that helps to make a house a home.”
The owners were back to square one Wednesday at three Sandy-ravaged homes that were rehabbed by volunteers on Staten Island, after vandals stole the copper wire and plumbing.
Police rescuers with special gear attacked both ground and water to get the frightened, young German Shepherd out of a muddy, tangled mass of marshland and silt.
The city is pouring $266 million to restore the beaches. The price tag for Rockaway Beach alone is $147 million.
It’s hard to believe there are still people living in tents three months after the storm made landfall, but that is what’s happening in New Dorp.
On Midland Beach, homeowner Dario said the storm could not have come at a worse time.
Staten Islanders continue to come together to rebuild and recover from Superstorm Sandy. But not everyone is sharing the neighborly spirit in the aftermath of the hurricane.
The storm system is the same one that dumped snow and sleet on the nation’s midsection and unleashed damaging tornadoes around the South.
It’s not just storm damage that’s keeping one Staten Island woman out of her house. Her neighbor’s home was hit even harder by Superstorm Sandy and is stalling efforts to make repairs.
Volunteers have been working night and day in the communities hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy, and some have even put their dreams on hold.
A man on Staten Island isn’t letting the devastation of superstorm Sandy take away his spirit.