THE BRONX - At this time last year, millions of people across the Northeast were bracing for a massive, unprecedented storm that forever changed a coastline.

Superstorm Sandy washed away homes, leaving entire communities in shambles and severely damaging parts of the Bronx, but residents have made a strong comeback during the yearlong recovery period.

Some residents along the water in Locust Point, which was the hardest-hit area of the borough, say they're still struggling to get their homes back to the way they were before the storm.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that more than 300,000 housing units were damaged or destroyed in the tri-state area, and more than 2 million people were left without power, including some for several weeks. He's ordered flags to fly at half-staff and a moment of silence to remember the 61 men and women who lost their lives in the storm.

Sandy victims did receive some good news from Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday. He announced that more than 21,000 donors contributed to his fund for the city's emergency response needs and long-term restoration efforts. The money will provide loans and grants for small businesses, mold removal on homes and legal assistance.