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The road to recovery in Rockaway Beach

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 01:14

Oct. 28 - New Yorkers are unlikely to ever forget the wrath of Hurricane Sandy and the damage it left behind. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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New Yorkers are unlikely to ever forget the wrath of Hurricane Sandy and the damage it left behind. Many were left without homes and without power. One symbol of Sandy's destructive force is the torn-up boardwalk along Rockaway Beach in Queens. Rockaway Beach is still a popular spot for surfers. The 5 ½ mile long boardwalk was an important meeting place for the entire community. A year after the Hurricane, it's yet to be fully rebuilt. And some residents are left feeling frustrated. SOUNDBITE: ROCKAWAY RESIDENT BRANDON BASKIN, SAYING: "You try to be patient but it's only so much you can put up with. It's been a year! I'm a little hurt by it." But plans are in the works to revitalize the boardwalk - using concrete instead of wood, for better protection against future storms. The reconstruction involves the US Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies, with input from the Rockaway community. It's a slow process with a $200 million price tag. SOUNDBITE: QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARD CHAIR, DOLORES ORR, SAYING: "We're ok with it not being done for this summer. Because we didn't want it rushed." The boardwalk will rise above the sand, in some sections, seven feet higher than it was before. The city hopes to start reconstruction as early as this winter.

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The road to recovery in Rockaway Beach

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 01:14