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1 Year Later: Stunning Before-and-After Photos From Superstorm Sandy

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"We're all terrified of the water and what it can do."

It has been a year since Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast. While much has been rebuilt and reopened, portions of the areas impacted still see an imprint of what's come to be called a "superstorm," and the locals are making sure the nearly 200 lives that were taken are not forgotten.

As a tribute to the recovery of the area that was devastated in the storm, here are 27 images comparing what was left in Hurricane Sandy's wake to what it looks like a year later (the pictures show the same areaa before and after):

Hurricane Sandy hit the coast line October 29, 2012, with winds up to 80 miles per hour.

Millions were left without power in the storm. It was blamed for at least 181 deaths in the U.S. — including 68 in New York and 71 in New Jersey — and property damages estimated at $65 billion.

Tuesday night candles and flashlights will light up the shore along the East Coast as survivors of Sandy pay their respects to what was lost when the storm roared ashore.

It's a time of healing for many who suffered in Sandy's wake. But the day also brings back frightening memories for people who survived the waves and wind that lashed their homes.

"People are terrified of the ocean, even though we've lived here all our lives," said Lily Corcoran, who lives in the New York City coastal neighborhood of Belle Harbor. "We're all terrified of the water and what it can do."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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