Superstorm Sandy Aftermath and Devastation

The National Guard was activated as the search for missing persons continues.
3:00 | 10/31/12

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now. He's downtown by the brooklyn battery tunnel. And that tunnel is still underwater. Yeah, george. Unbelievable. 36 hours after sandy made landfall. And each one of those images is still jaw-dropping. This is the underpass that goes to the brooklyn battery tunnel. It is the main gateway for 2 million brooklyn residents to get into new york. And normally, there would be thousands of cars, thousands of cars trying to get in this morning. And right now, it's home to about 43 million gallons of water. Where is this storm right now? Take a look at the picture and you can see that the storm is making its way from central pennsylvania, into western new york state. For the next two days, we'll still be dealing with this storm. That's three days beneath the superstorm that is sandy. The enormity of sandy's damage is clearly seen from the skies. And even for first responders who have seen it all, this is overwhelming. I've been in the coast guard for 38 years. Very sobering today to see some of the damage that we saw because you realize, for every little flooded street you see, there's a lot of people that are unable to do what they want to do. And their livelihood's affected and their family's affected. This whole neighborhood here. That building's gone entirely. Reporter: Sandy's fierce wind snapping tree after tree. And when they came down, they took down everything in their path. Power lines, where they shouldn't be. Got a transformer down. Pole snapped right up top. The wind came across the roof line. Reporter: And this fire blamed on sandy, blazed out of control in queens, new york, and took out over 100 homes, decimating a tight beachfront community. It's destroyed, it feels like. It's like the apocalypse. Reporter: Nearly 200 firefighters battled the blaze for 10 hours, fighting their way through chest-high water on the street. And rescuing people by boat. In that fire, only three people suffered minor injuries. So many rescues, each one vital and heroic. Watch this dramatic air rescue in progress, as helicopter 23, na named after the 23 police officers killed on 9/11, pulls an adult and a child off the staten island rooftop. And a search is on for two staten island boys who were separated from their mother after their car was flooded with water during the storm surge. It's a brutal, cold wind behind this storm system. It's going to be really uncomfortable for everyone trying to do the cleanup. With each one of the communities, there's a question of when is this going to be cleared? When is that going to be ready? And for millions of people, the main, driving question is, what about the new york city subways? When will they be rolling?

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