TODAY   |  October 29, 2013

One year after Sandy, rebuilding continues

The New Jersey coastline and parts of New York are still rebuilding after taking a pounding from Superstorm Sandy one year ago. TODAY’s Al Roker reports.

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>>> look you can see the devastation from the fire on the boardwalk a month ago but more on sandy one year later. this storm was blamed for at least 181 deaths in the united states . the majority of those in new york and new jersey. property damage estimated at $65 billion, the country's second most expensive weather disaster ever and one year later, thousands of homeowners still struggling as federal funds and insurance money slowly trickles in. i was here a year ago when sandy hit and now we take a look at the lessons learned one year later. sandy slammed ashore one year ago pounding the new york and the new jersey coastlines.

>> this water is really swallowing the neighborhood.

>> reporter: destroying entire communities and pieces of history. when the storm hit, i was at point pleasant beach, new jersey.

>> finally hurricane sandy has won. the dune has been destroyed. the ocean is now rushing in.

>> reporter: it's a much different scene today.

>> one year later that sand dune has been replaced by much stronger stone.

>> reporter: at the national hurricane center in miami experts are creating a new storm surge warning system based on what they learned from sandy .

>> we don't have a warning for the hazard that kills more people in hurricanes than anything else and that's storm surge . we hope to have that by 2015 .

>> reporter: one year later the people here are focused on rebuilding. from tragic scenes like this to triumphant ones like this.

>> i hope and pray we never see a thing like that again. that's all that you can do.

>> reporter: and matt, the other thing that caused big problems was when sandy hit it wasn't technically a tropical storm so storm warnings and watches were not being issued. that changes now this year. now there are posttropical storm watches and warnings so that something like sandy if it comes won't cause problems and catch the administrators flat footed.