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US East Coast Marks Anniversary of Deadly Superstorm Sandy

Residents of the seaside communities near New York City and in the neighboring state of New Jersey will light candles and flashlights Tuesday night to mark the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

The storm devastated communities up and down the east coast of the United States.

Coastal neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey suffered massive flooding. A huge surge swamped New York's subway tunnels, destroyed hundreds of homes and left millions of people without power for weeks.

In a statement, U.S. President Barack Obama said Americans on Tuesday will remember those killed in the storm and comfort families who grieve for the victims. He said while there are still homes and businesses to reopen, the last year has served as a reminder of the "strength and resilience of the American people."

Superstorm Sandy is blamed for causing more than 100 deaths and an estimated $65 billion in damages as it moved across New York City and New Jersey and into the New England region.



The federal government has spent billions of dollars in assistance. On Monday, federal officials unveiled plans for a second round of Superstorm Sandy disaster relief totaling $5 billion for five states and New York City.

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