Mecca Traynham, left, and Elena Richardson, right, comb through donated warm and clean clothes, children's toys, and blankets at a distribution point in the Rockaways, a neighborhood that was hit hard and is still without power in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in New York.
Cora Nelsen calls her insurance company near her damaged home in the Belle Harbor section of the Rockaway neighborhood of the borough of Queens, New York, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Temperatures dipped toward freezing early Monday, and tens of thousands of people without power along the ravaged Atlantic coastline faced the prospect of finding somewhere else to stay.
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In the Rockaways section of the New York borough of Queens, residents are comparing their battered community to New Orleans's Ninth Ward, which was all but destroyed during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. "I was talking to some cops and firefighters who were down in Louisiana after Katrina. They say this is far more devastating," one resident said. It may feel that way. It isn't true.