Friday morning's wet and windy weather was not what anyone wanted to wake up to, but in areas still recovering from Hurricane Sandy it was an especially difficult way to start the day. NY1's Natasha Ghoneim filed the following report.
Waiting for the bus along Midland Avenue in Queens was a soaking misery for people who have already had plenty heaped upon them, thanks to Hurricane Sandy.
"I go to work and dealing again with the bad weather and hoping everything will be okay," said one Midland Beach resident.
The road back to "okay" in Midland Beach is a long and winding one. For one mom and her daughter, it'll be eight months before they can return to their Sandy ravaged home.
"It's day by day. It's very depressing to look around and see all the stores that were open and now it's like a dead zone," said the woman.
As the Muzios arrived to oversee another day of ripping their house to the frame, they found a precious memento out on the soaked sidewalk -- a baby photo of a daughter who is now 21 years old.
Anthony Muzio says firefighters rescued his family of eight from a second floor window. His 3-year-old grand-daughter still talks about her teddy bear that floated up the stairs the night Sandy hit.
"A lot of people lost a lot more than I did. I lost my home. I lost my furnishings. I lost my appliances. But we're all healthy and okay," Muzio said.
"It's definitely stressful. I grew up in this house. It's my childhood, my everything. I lost my house on my birthday," said Midland Beach resident Joe Muzio.
There will be many families in Midland Beach who will not be spending the holidays in their homes. Many residents who spoke with NY1 were saddened by what they've been through, but said they were also grateful.