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Rebuilding lives after Sandy, one photo at a time

Thousands of photos have been taken of the destruction left in Sandy’s wake, but as people return home to pick up the pieces of their disrupted lives, it’s the family photos that remind residents of happier times.

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Nancy Gardini holds wedding pictures of her parents and of her mother and her two grandmothers that she salvaged from the remains of her home, destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, on Fox Beach Avenue on the south side of Staten Island, New York City.

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A photograph lays on the stoop of a home condemned after flooding from Hurricane Sandy in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island in New York City, Nov 13.

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Family photos lie in the debris of Michael Russo's flood damaged home on Nov. 1, in the Ocean Breeze area of the Staten Island borough of New York City.

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Rosalind Silletto displays 43-year old water logged photos of her aunt's wedding party removed from her basement on Nov. 6, in the New Dorp Beach neighborhood of the Staten Island borough of New York City.

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A damaged family portrait is propped outside of a flooded home in the heavily damaged Rockaway neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York City.

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Photographs of Elliott Miller's wedding day and graduation lay on a snow covered bench on Nov. 8, in Point Pleasant, N.J.

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Kerilynn and Drew Allen clean flood ravaged items out of their Breezy Point, N.Y., home on on Nov. 2.

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Family photographs are piled on a water-logged chair in the backyard of Dean Stavley 's home following the damage by Hurricane Sandy in Seaside Heights, N.J.

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Photographs are seen jammed into a fence left by Hurricane Sandy on the south side of hard-hit Staten Island in New York City.

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A woman weeps as she is overwhelmed by emotion after finding her family photographs inside of her heavily damaged home in the New Dorp Beach neighborhood of the Staten Island borough of New York City.

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Frank Burfeind displays a wedding photo salvaged from a flood-damaged home on Nov. 1, in the Ocean Breeze area of the Staten Island borough of New York City.

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A snowstorm hits the Northeast as residents are still struggling to pick up the pieces after Superstorm Sandy.