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The Town of Hempstead bay houses suffered massive (Credit: Newsday Audrey C. Tiernan)

The Town of Hempstead bay houses suffered massive damage and loss from Superstorm Sandy. This bay house has collapsed into Woodmere Creek, yet the flag still flies. (Nov.21, 2012)

Sandy's effect on LI marshland

Long Island's coastal marshes were particularly vulnerable to superstorm Sandy's devastating effects, raising questions about the viability of rebuilding in those areas.

This marsh house on an island north of
(Credit: Doug Kuntz)

This marsh house on an island north of Jones Beach was damaged during superstorm Sandy. The marsh houses, once the homes of bay fishermen, are scattered on the marsh islands from East Rockaway to east of the Wantagh Causeway in the Great South Bay. (Nov.14, 2012)

This marsh house on an island north of
(Credit: Doug Kuntz)

This marsh house on an island north of Jones Beach was damaged during superstorm Sandy. The marsh houses, once the homes of bay fishermen, are scattered on the marsh islands from East Rockaway to east of the Wantagh Causeway in the Great South Bay. (Nov.14, 2012)

This marsh house on an island north of
(Credit: Doug Kuntz)

This marsh house on an island north of Jones Beach was damaged during superstorm Sandy. The marsh houses, once the homes of bay fishermen, are scattered on the marsh islands from East Rockaway to east of the Wantagh Causeway in the Great South Bay. (Nov.14, 2012)

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These marsh houses on an island north of
(Credit: Doug Kuntz)

These marsh houses on an island north of Jones Beach were damaged during superstorm Sandy. The marsh houses, once the homes of bay fishermen, are scattered on the marsh islands from East Rockaway to east of the Wantagh Causeway in the Great South Bay. (Nov. 9, 2012)

Many of the bay houses on Meadow Creek
(Credit: Newsday Audrey C. Tiernan)

Many of the bay houses on Meadow Creek are missing from the landscape after Superstorm Sandy. (Nov.21, 2012)

One of the Town of Hempstead bay houses
(Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan)

One of the Town of Hempstead bay houses that suffered damage from superstorm Sandy (Nov .21, 2012)

On Ned's Creek one of the bay houses
(Credit: Newsday Audrey C. Tiernan)

On Ned's Creek one of the bay houses that suffered damage from Superstorm Sandy. (Nov.21, 2012)

On Ned's Creek one of the bay houses
(Credit: Newsday Audrey C. Tiernan)

On Ned's Creek one of the bay houses that suffered damage from Superstorm Sandy. (Nov.21, 2012)

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After Superstorm Sandy a few of the remaining
(Credit: Newsday Audrey C. Tiernan)

After Superstorm Sandy a few of the remaining bay houses silhouetted against the setting sun in the south shore bay and marshland area. (Nov.21, 2012)

On Ned's Creek The Seaman Bay house (red)
(Credit: Newsday Audrey C. Tiernan)

On Ned's Creek The Seaman Bay house (red) has but two walls remaining, the white house beyond it is the Goodwin house. These are two of the Town of Hempstead bay houses that suffered damage from Superstorm Sandy. (Nov.21, 2012)

After Superstorm Sandy this is all that remains
(Credit: Newsday Audrey C. Tiernan)

After Superstorm Sandy this is all that remains of the Laudman Combs house, one of the Town of Hempstead bay houses. (Nov.21, 2012)

The Beers Bay house on Reynolds Channel, one
(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

The Beers Bay house on Reynolds Channel, one of the Town of Hempstead bay houses suffered damage from superstorm Sandy. (Nov.21, 2012)

he Beers Bay house on Reynolds Channel, one
(Credit: Newsday Audrey C. Tiernan)

he Beers Bay house on Reynolds Channel, one of the Town of Hempstead bay houses suffered damage from Superstorm Sandy. (Nov.21, 2012)

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The Stenzel Bay house on Reynolds Channel, one
(Credit: Newsday Audrey C. Tiernan)

The Stenzel Bay house on Reynolds Channel, one of the Town of Hempstead bay houses suffered damage from Superstorm Sandy. (Nov.21, 2012)

The Stenzel Bay house on Reynolds Channel, one
(Credit: Newsday Audrey C. Tiernan)

The Stenzel Bay house on Reynolds Channel, one of the Town of Hempstead bay houses suffered damage from Superstorm Sandy. (Nov.21, 2012)

The Bayer house seen at sunset is one
(Credit: Newsday Audrey C. Tiernan)

The Bayer house seen at sunset is one of the Town of Hempstead bay houses that suffered damage from Superstorm Sandy. (Nov.21, 2012)

The Town of Hempstead bay houses suffered massive
(Credit: Newsday Audrey C. Tiernan)

The Town of Hempstead bay houses suffered massive damage and loss from Superstorm Sandy. This bay house sits on Woodmere Creek, the flag still flies but there is considerable damage. (Nov.21, 2012)

The Town of Hempstead bay houses suffered massive
(Credit: Newsday Audrey C. Tiernan)

The Town of Hempstead bay houses suffered massive damage and loss from Superstorm Sandy. This bay house has collapsed into Woodmere Creek, yet the flag still flies. (Nov.21, 2012)

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The Town of Hempstead bay houses suffered massive
(Credit: Newsday Audrey C. Tiernan)

The Town of Hempstead bay houses suffered massive damage and loss from Superstorm Sandy. This bay house has collapsed into Woodmere Creek, yet the flag still flies. (Nov.21, 2012)

After Superstorm Sandy the dock of the Koebel
(Credit: Newsday Audrey C. Tiernan)

After Superstorm Sandy the dock of the Koebel Carson Bay house remains and a flag proudly flies but the house is gone. This was shot along Ned's Creek house in the South Shore bay and marsh area. (Nov.21, 2012)

These marsh houses on an island north of
(Credit: Doug Kuntz)

These marsh houses on an island north of Jones Beach were destroyed during superstorm Sandy. The marsh houses, once the homes of bay fishermen, are scattered on the marsh islands from East Rockaway to east of the Wantagh Causeway in the Great South Bay. (Nov. 9, 2012)

This marsh house on an island north of
(Credit: Doug Kuntz)

This marsh house on an island north of Jones Beach was damaged during superstorm Sandy. The marsh houses, once the homes of bay fishermen, are scattered on the marsh islands from East Rockaway to east of the Wantagh Causeway in the Great South Bay. (Nov. 9, 2012)

This marsh house on an island north of
(Credit: Doug Kuntz)

This marsh house on an island north of Jones Beach was damaged during superstorm Sandy. The marsh houses, once the homes of bay fishermen, are scattered on the marsh islands from East Rockaway to east of the Wantagh Causeway in the Great South Bay. (Nov. 14, 2012)

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