NYC marks 2 years since Superstorm Sandy
People across the city came together Wednesday to mark the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the 182 people who died during the storm, which caused $65 billion in damage as it slammed into shores across the Northeast.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and other local officials visited some of the hardest-hit areas of Brooklyn and Staten Island.
Despite the passing of two years, many storm victims are still trying to piece their lives back together. Officials say the cumulative stress of coping with the disaster and rebuilding lost homes has left many traumatized, adding that about 700,000 people have been stricken with mental health issues.
Just last week, the Mental Health Association of New York City launched iHelp: Sandy Stress Relief, a free program offering counseling and other resources.
The anniversary also marks the final day to file a claim with the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA had extended the deadline for two years due to the magnitude of the storm.