One year ago today, storm surge from Hurricane Sandy set off a fire in Breezy Point, Queens, that leveled more than 100 homes. Construction has made astonishing progress in rebuilding the community from the ground up. But in July 2012, Congress decided to slash subsidies for federal flood insurance, leaving many residents to worry that rising rates could make the quiet beachside neighborhood unaffordable. Watch more in the video above, and see stunning before-and-after shots of the rebuilding effort below.
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