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Long Islanders recount their struggles during and after Sandy in these exclusive interviews with News 12 Long Island. Click the camera icon in each story to see videos and photos.

Fighting Floods and Fires

Anthony D'Esposito

Fighting Floods and Fires

Chief Anthony D'Esposito of the Island Park Fire Department takes us back to the night of Superstorm Sandy when his department went beyond the call of duty to protect its community.

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Rooftop Rescuers

Mayor Bill Biondi, First Assistant Chief Carlo Grover

Rooftop Rescuers

Superstorm Sandy’s storm surge blasted The village of Mastic Beach, forcing residents and their pets to their rooftops awaiting help. Two of the rescuers on the front line tell their stories of that night.

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Still Not Home

David & Judy Lande

Still Not Home

On the night Superstorm Sandy hit Long Island, the Lande Family of Oceanside evacuated their home and met rushing flood waters at their front door. They struggled to make their way across the street, carrying what little they could salvage above their heads.

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Sandy Baby

Margarita & James Udall

Sandy Baby

Margarita and James Udall were looking forward to the end of October 2012 as Margarita was due to give birth to their first child. As her contractions and Superstorm Sandy’s landfall drew closer, they knew this delivery would be special.

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Serious Surge

Gabrielle Fehling

Serious Surge

Gabrielle Fehling and her husband Mike own “Empire Kayaks” located on Barnum Island in Island Park. They have been through what they thought was every type of storm possible, and secured their stock of boats and kayaks to evacuate. Gabrielle wasn’t prepared for what she would find when she returned, but that didn’t stop her from coming back better and stronger.

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Empty Lot

Michelle Mittleman

Empty Lot

The property on which Michelle Mittleman’s former home stood is a vacant lot in a neighborhood littered with condemned homes. Despite having full flood coverage, her insurance company denied her claim.

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Answering The Call

James Salazar, Anthony Bocchimuzzo

Answering The Call

Police 911 Operators, Anthony Bocchimuzzo & James Salazar, are used to emergencies. But when Superstorm Sandy hit Long Island, no matter how fast they worked the numbers of callers in peril kept growing.

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Sunshine Behind The Storm

Stacy and Ralph Anselmo

Sunshine Behind The Storm

Stacy and Ralph Anselmo always knew they would get married in Long Beach. When their waterfront dream home was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy and rebuilding stalled in bureaucracy, they had an idea.

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Nowhere To Turn

Deborah Kirnon

Nowhere To Turn

After Superstorm Sandy left Long Island crippled, Deborah Kirnon used her position as Director of Parish Outreach at St. Anne's church in Brentwood to help thousands of Long Island’s neediest.

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Taking A Chance

Anthony Eramo

Taking A Chance

Anthony Eramo of Long Beach rode out Superstorm Sandy with his children in their home. What he saw when his family walked outside after the storm passed has him regretting the decision not to evacuate to this day.

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