Ernest Shallo, of Carteret, N.J., throws a ruined air conditioner onto a pile of debris in front of a small home in Seaside Heights, N.J. Residents were allowed back in their homes for a few hours Monday, two weeks after the region was pounded by Superstorm Sandy. Mel Evans/AP hide caption

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Waves break Oct. 31 in front of a destroyed amusement park wrecked by Hurricane Sandy in Seaside Heights, N.J. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Steve Santo stands in what used to be the kitchen of his house after it was destroyed by storm surge flooding on the south side Staten Island in New York City following Superstorm Sandy on Friday. Mike Segar/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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