11/08/2012 11:48 am ET Updated Nov 08, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Damages Five Homes In One Family

GERRITSEN BEACH — Diane Sullivan spent the eighth day after Hurricane Sandy dragging debris and digging up sand outside her clapboard home.

The married mother looked haggard from a week of no power and heat, but she continued toiling, except to greet and kiss her neighbors who wandered by as they sorted through their own ravaged homes. The brief catch-ups invariably included a question about how a mother or a brother or some relative was recovering.

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