Sandy Victims Still Struggling, Brace for Nor'Easter

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Millions on the Eastern Seaboard are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy. The death toll now stands at 107 and approximately 1.7 million homes and businesses are still without power. 

In and around New York, aid workers say many residents are dazed, frustrated and exhausted. For nearly a week, they've been suffering with no power, no heat, and no water.

"You have no idea how hard it is to go through all our Christmas items, all pictures of the kids when they -- their graduations, the confirmations, all of that -- it's just so hard," Staten Island resident Sue Ciaramella said. 

Authorities say 20,000 people in New York City could still be homeless two weeks from now. People from every socioeconomic background are standing in endless lines for gas.

This past weekend, CBN's Operation Blessing set up mass food distribution in Far Rockaway, N.Y., where storm damage is severe. Power company officials can't say when the power will be restored. It could be weeks or more than a month in some areas.

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Jody Herrington-Gettys, director of U.S. Disaster Relief for Operation Blessing, said they've served more than 1,500 people so far, distributing boxes of groceries and providing 975 hot meals.

Since the power outages are widespread, the aid organization has decided to provide mass food distributions to a different community each day.

A team in New Jersey is overseeing volunteer crews cleaning up and helping repair damaged homes.

And there are more challenges for the week ahead. Polling places could be without power on Election Day and a Nor'easter is threatening to hit the area by Wednesday.

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