Superstorm Sandy made landfall one year ago. YNN's Megan Cruz looks back at some of the hardest hit areas, the progress they've made, and how they are commemorating the one year anniversary.
NATIONWIDE -- On Tuesday, hundreds of residents in coastal neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey will make their way to the beach to light the shore with candles and flashlights to remember those affected by Superstorm Sandy.
The ceremony also recognizes that these communities have overcome the darkness brought by the devastating storm.
Superstorm Sandy made landfall at 7:30 p.m. on October 29, 2012. It has been blamed for at least 181 deaths in the United States, including 68 people from New York, and 71 people from New Jersey.
Officials say the total cost of the property damage is estimated at $65 billion. The federal government has set aside $48 billion in aid. However, only 25 percent of that funding has been distributed as of August.
On Monday, federal officials announced their plans to start handing out that aid much quicker. New Jersey will receive nearly $1.5 billion, New York State will receive about $2.1 billion, and New York City will receive an additional $1.3 billion. Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maryland will also receive more funding.
However, before officials hand out the funding, they must create plans for how to improve infrastructure, housing, and other Sandy related needs. The federal government hopes to hand out another round of funding before the end of the year.
Now there's also a number of non-profits still helping foot the recovery bill. It is still crucial for people to continue donating to reputable organizations like the Red Cross. They have recently pledged another $6 million in addition to $308 million they have already given.
That money will hopefully help the hundreds of people who still are not back in their homes.
In addition to the shoreline ceremonies, Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered all New York State buildings to fly their flags at half staff on Tuesday.