|Veets Pawlowicz, second from right, is aided by
a gang of family, friends and even volunteering
strangers as they clean up his mother-in-law Kathleen Campbell's
house on Nov. 2, 2012, in Breezy Point.
David Friedman / NBC News file
Campbell’s lifestyle is one of the many casualties of Superstorm Sandy, which sent floodwaters surging through homes when it hit Oct. 29, damaging more than 2,000 homes and starting a fire that burned more than 100 houses to the ground. The beachfront village, whose population plummeted from 12,000 in the summer to around 4,000 the rest of the year, provided a way of life not often seen in the sprawling suburbs of most cities. Generations of the same family jealously guarded their modest homes, and they took care of their own.