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Recovery still underway one year after Sandy

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By: Melissa Randall

Twitter: @MelissaARandall

One year after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Rhode Island coastline clean up and repairs continue. In some of the hardest hit areas, including Naragansett and Westerly, dozens of homes and businesses were swept out to sea.

In a year's time the federal government has given Rhode Island $61 million in disaster relief. More help is also on the way. The state is getting an additional 16 million dollars to help property owners and communities affected get back on their feet.

The landscape was destroyed by pounding waves crashing onto beaches like those in the summer destination of Misquamicut. Construction crews have been repairing homes and businesses ever since. In spite of the upheaval visitors are still drawn to the area, and many residents have moved on.

"We're not gonna complain. We're cleaned up and we're back to where we were. Hopefully this doesn't happen again," said Westerly resident Carol Fatone.

Sandy has led to changes in coastal construction. Some houses are now being raised at least one story to protect them from flooding.

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