Hurricane Sandy Aftermath: The Rockaways, Queens
All neighborhoods in the Rockaways were heavily affected by hurricane Sandy. A large percentage of homes were either destroyed or badly damaged by the storm. The people of these communities were forced to rely on each other until federal help finally arrived. Temperatures have been dropping making life without utilities a nightmare for many families. Philanthropic groups and concerned citizens from all over the country came to aid in distributing survival supplies and food. The National Guard and FEMA have begun to deploy in the area. Incidents of armed robbery and looting have been reported. The once popular boardwalk tourist attraction was reduced to splinters destroying all in its path as the sea and sand pushed inland.