ONOct. 29, 2012 Superstorm Sandy ripped through the Northeastern United States, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.

Rockaway, N.Y. was hit especially hard. Water engulfed the entire peninsula, the boardwalk was swept away and homes were torn from their foundations.

The aftermath: thousands of people left in a state of chaos, lacking basic necessities such as food, water and power.

This is their story.