By Dana Griffin
WESTERLY, RI- It's the first anniversary of super storm Sandy. Pounding waves came crashing onto Misquamicut beaches, damaging waterfront businesses and homes.
As of today, the federal government has given Rhode Island $61 million in disaster relief.
The McMickle family is visiting the Andrea restaurant and hotel in Westerly for the first time since hurricane Sandy.
"It's all gone. It's amazing, it's all gone," said tourist, Bill McMickle.
To their surprise, the only original part still standing is the brick fireplace.
Many properties are still under construction. Unless you knew what it looked like before, it's hard to tell that 12 months ago, the area was covered with debris and sand.
Resident, Carol Fatone said, "We're not gonna complain. We're cleaned up and we're back to where we were. Hopefully this doesn't happen again."
One construction crew has been repairing sandy–damaged homes since the storm hit.
Robert Gingerlla said, "That's always a difficult thing to make money and be busy due to other people's misfortune. That's the sad part of my business."
Sandy has led to changes in coastal construction, some homes are now being raised at least a story to protect them from flooding. Despite the changes, tourists are still drawn to the area.
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