NEW YORK (October 31, 2012)--New York City was coming back to life Wednesday in the wake of superstorm Sandy, but across the river in New Jersey, fires still raged and National Guardsmen were working to rescue flood victims two days after the storm moved ashore.
The storm claimed at least 59 lives and caused billions of dollars in damage.
Close to 6.5 million homes and businesses remained without power, including 4 million in New York and New Jersey.
In the New York region, Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports were reopened with limited service.
Trading also resumed at the New York Stock Exchange, with the help of generator power.
The scale of the challenge can be seen in New Jersey, where National Guard troops arrived in Hoboken to deliver ready-to-eat meals and help evacuate thousands still stuck in their homes.
President Barack Obama will visit Atlantic City Wednesday, with Gov. Chris Christie saying he plans to ask the president to assign the Army Corps of Engineers to work on how to restore beaches and better protect shoreline communities.