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New York to demolish 200 homes destroyed by Sandy

New York will bulldoze mostly one- to two-family homes in Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.

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People view damage in a neighborhood in the Breezy Point area of Queens in New York on October 30, 2012 after fire destroyed about 80 homes as a result of Hurricane Sandy which hit the area October 29. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

New York will demolish around 200 homes that were badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy last month. 

The city is moving to bulldoze mostly one- and two-family houses in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens, NBC News reported

That count is in addition to another roughly 200 houses that have already been damaged, either by being partially or completely burned down or washed away by flooding. 

The sites will also be cleared of debris, the Associated Press reported

City Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri told the New York Times that his department is also inspecting an additional 500 damaged buildings, some of which could also be destroyed. 

Decisions about rebuilding the destroyed homes have yet to be made, according to the Times.

FEMA has extended its temporary housing program, which offers hotel or motel rooms to applicants whose houses were damaged by the storm, until December 14, New York 1 reported

Hurricane Sandy wrought over $30 billion in damages to the New York and New Jersey areas, as hundreds still remain without power. 

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