Hurricane Sandy Still an Unwelcome Guest

The destruction of Hurricane Sandy has barely been touched as Hanukkah approaches

Chana Ya'ar ,

Casino Pier amusement park destroyed
Casino Pier amusement park destroyed

It's way past the season for riding the roller coaster, but even if park owners were to open for a day, only scuba divers would be able to enjoy the ride at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, NJ.

In fact, the entire amusement park was destroyed in the Frankenstorm that made landfall in New Jersey on October 29, knocking out power to millions from New York to Ohio.

Houses along Seaside's scenic shoreline were completely flattened as the storm came roaring in. An aerial view shows that one month later, there's been no change to the neighborhood, and rehabilitation work on the area has barely begun.

Elsewhere in the state, in Atlantic Highlands, a lovely yacht is still perched on a pier. It is not clear what has prevented the retrieval of the vessel – but given the ferocity of the storm, it could be due to any number of factors.

The death toll from the storm reached 132, and tens of thousands of people were left homeless. Economic damages topped $50 billion.

Houses are still sitting in marshland after the superstorm raced through the Oakland neighborhood in New York City's borough of Staten Island.

In the borough of Queens, the Southwest Conservation Corporation in Colorado sent workers to help a local contractor clean out damaged houses in Breezy Point. Every home was either destroyed entirely, or so badly damaged, the entire neighborhood was condemned.

At least two hospitals in New York City were likewise still undergoing major repairs.

But on the eve of the most joyous holiday season of the year, insurance companies that should have covered damage to millions of homes in New York City and parts north have begun to claim their plans do not extend to Sandy because the storm was technically not deemed a "hurricane" by the time it reached those areas.