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Remembering Superstom Sandy On First Anniversary

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(CBS) -  People all over the northeast are marking the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy with special events.

The devastating storm killed at least 147 people and damaged or destroyed around 650,000 homes.

The Breezy Point section of New York City was one of the hardest hit. 

Construction crews are still hard at work in Breezy Point one year later, removing pieces of an old foundation. At least half the neighborhood is not back in their homes after the superstorm caused massive flooding and triggered an electrical fire.

Marty Ingram was the Fire Chief when Sandy hit. "There had to be 70 homes fully engaged, foot flames, just an outrageous scene," said Marty Ingram, Breezy Point Former Fire Chief.

He spent the next six months rebuilding his home. "We can't believe its a year, it's been a blur."

Sandy caused at estimated $50 billion in damage across the northeast. The immense storm damaged or destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, flooded lower Manhattan and left a roller coaster in the ocean.

In Breezy Point, 355 homes were completely destroyed. Thousands of others sustained heavy flood damage.

High school students who lost their homes are pitching in on this year's anniversary. They're forming a Habitat for Humanity club to help build homes in the rockways.

"We are trying to rebuild stuff and help other families out," said Diamond McCoy, Rockaway Resident.

In New Jersey Governor Chris Christie thanked first responders and volunteers at the Seaside Park Fire Department for all their help. About 26,000 people in New Jersey are still out of their homes.

In Breezy Point, residents today planted beach grass on a sand dune that they hope will protect them from future storms.

Many coastal communities in New York and New Jersey plan to hold ceremonies Tuesday evening to mark the first anniversary.

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