An orange clownfish named Marlin searches for his son in an ocean full of perils in the Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo. Pixar Animation Studios/AP hide caption

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When Superstorm Sandy came ashore, Bellevue Hospital was quickly submerged. Inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency marked the flood line in the basement with orange tape or spray paint. In some areas, water was 14 feet deep. Fred Mogul/NPR hide caption

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Superstorm Sandy swept through the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., in late October. In late November, this sign symbolized the hope of homeowners that help would be coming soon. Eric Thayer /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Nov. 6: Some of the damage from Superstorm Sandy on New York's Staten Island. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Nov. 17: A sign in a Staten Island storefront tells a lot. It was still closed because of the damage done by Superstorm Sandy in late October. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo meets Nov. 10 with residents of the Far Rockaways section of Queens, which was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Cuomo is seeking $30 billion in federal assistance to help rebuild his state at a time when Congress is already consumed with reducing the deficit. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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A plea to the Long Island Power Authority for electricity to be restored is posted on a barrier in Mastic Beach, N.Y. on Oct. 31, 2012. The south shore Long Island community was among the hardest hit by the storm that pounded the Northeast. Frank Eltman/AP hide caption

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After Superstorm Sandy, the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune, N.J., is filled with water bottles, canned food and other goods. But these supplies are going out almost as fast as they come in. Amy Walters/NPR hide caption

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A damaged home rests on one side along the beach in the Belle Harbor section of Queens, N.Y., on Nov. 5 in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Craig Ruttle/AP hide caption

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One way to avoid the odd-even rationing rule is to line up with a gas can and no car, as these people were doing last week in Matawan, N.J. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney pauses while speaking at a campaign rally at the Patriot Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Monday. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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