Reporter: It's been five days since hurricane sandy made landfall. And from the sky to the sea, clear parts of new york city are still a mess. Some areas are still flooded, buried in sand. Just aren't... See More
Reporter: It's been five days since hurricane sandy made landfall. And from the sky to the sea, clear parts of new york city are still a mess. Some areas are still flooded, buried in sand. Just aren't there anymore. It's a little disturbing. A little heart wrenching. My neighborhood got hit hard also. Reporter: To get a better idea of what new yorkers are going through, we followed the new york police department on a search and recovery mission. This was the scene tuesday, when the aviation team had to be lowered into the flood zones to rescue five adults and one child from the rooftops of their home. It was pretty daring. It was pretty intense. Pretty stressful. But those guys pulled it off. Reporter: We're now flying over staten island, the hardest of the five boroughs to get to. And the devastation is unimaginable. It almost looks like a wrecking ball just came through and just swept those homes out. From this high up in the air, it almost looks like toothpicks just scattered everywhere across this borough. This staten island marina looks like a bunch of toy boats piled up. But from the water, we get a whole, new perspective. What are we looking at right now? Basically, we're looking at an entire section of a marina that used to be on this side of the harbor. Reporter: With the worst of the storm past, the daunting cleanup process has begun. I wanted to own a boat. But not this way. Now, it looks like I own three boats. Reporter: Despite the long road ahead, police have faith in the residents. Just because I wear a uniform doesn't make me a hero. People out there with their will and the ability to pull together are the real heroes. There were crews here that were on the clock for hours and hours and hours. Reporter: Not able to see their own families. That's right. Reporter: Worried about saving new yorkers. That's right, yes. That's what the police are here for. Reporter: Ready to go above and beyond the call of duty to help get this city back on its feet. For "good morning america," john schriffen, abc news, new york.
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