A year after Superstorm Sandy catastrophically flooded hundreds of miles of eastern U.S. coastline, thousands of people still trying to fix their soaked and surf-battered homes are being stymied by bureaucracy, insurance disputes and uncertainty over whether they can even afford to rebuild.

  • By Marion Callahan and Theresa Hegel, Calkins Media
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BUCKS COUNTY, PA -- Mark Westphal thought the storm was over.

  • By Rose Krebs, Calkins Media
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If Hurricane Sandy taught public officials and utility companies throughout New Jersey anything, it’s that Mother Nature can render you powerless.

  • By Steven Hart, Calkins Media
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Up and down the Jersey Shore, the signs tell the story.

  • Mark Lennihan
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, file photo, Robert Connolly, left, embraces his wife Laura as they survey the remains of the home owned…

  • Bebeto Matthews
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A van is flipped on its side in the aftermath of flooding caused by superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in the Coney Island section of…

  • Patrick Semansky
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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, file photo, a utility crew works to restore power on Long Beach Island, N.J., after communities on the …

  • Wayne Parry
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An American flag blows in the breeze in front of one of the largest pils of storm debris at the Jersey shore in Long Branch N.J. in this Nov. …

  • Mel Evans
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FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 aerial file photo, people stand near damaged homes along the Atlantic Ocean in New Jersey after the region…

  • Mel Evans
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Crews work work to replace the Superstorm Sandy destroyed boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Under intense pressure f…

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