Four years ago Saturday, Hurricane Sandy smashed into the eastern seaboard of the United States, destroying homes and businesses with massive flooding and waves and leaving major portions of the area without electricity. The impact was devastating from New York down to Maryland and killed 159 people in the U.S., Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Bahamas and elsewhere, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The storm, which made landfall in New York City and New Jersey Oct. 29, 2012 with wind speeds as high as 80 mph, ripped boardwalks apart and cut power for more than 8.5 million people in 15 states. Houses were destroyed all over including more than 80 homes from one fire in the Queens borough of New York City.

The storm ultimately racked up $65 billion in damages, making it the second most expensive weather disaster in U.S. history behind Hurricane Katrina. Those damages occurred in the form of burnt or flooded homes in the afflicted areas. But public infrastructure was also affected in places like New York City’s subway system, which was inundated with water, causing damage that still has not been completely repaired in some places. Many homeowners whose homes were flooded or damaged in the region also continue to struggle with repairs after lengthy delays in disaster relief money disbursements.

The devastating storm left behind some rather iconic photographs of the toll Sandy had on communities. From the photograph taken off the southern tip of Manhattan at night showing the large swath of the borough without power that made it onto the cover of New York Magazine, to the images of homes teetering on the brink of collapse after their walls were ripped away during the storm, the images tell a heartbreaking story about the impact of the hurricane.

RTR39RYR In this picture taken Oct. 30, 2012, a playground slide stands surrounded by the storm surge of Superstorm Sandy in Bellport, New York. Photo: Reuters

RTR39UC1 A section of burned houses are seen in Breezy Point, a neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York which was left devastated by Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 31, 2012. Photo: REUTERS/Adrees Latif

RTR39RBW A gas station is submerged in floodwaters near the Gowanus Canal in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, Oct. 29, 2012. Photo: Reuters

RTR39TVD People try to open their garage on the floodwaters in Hoboken, New Jersey, Oct. 31, 2012. Photo: Reuters

RTR39TSZ A view shows boats piled next to a house, where they were washed ashore during Hurricane Sandy, near Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, Oct. 31, 2012. Photo: Reuters

RTR39Y2V This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration photograph taken Oct. 31, 2012 and released Nov. 3, shows a new inlet that was cut across the barrier island of the New Jersey coastal town Mantoloking just north of where Hurricane Sandy made landfall in Ocean County, New Jersey. Photo: Reuters

RTR39RLY The skyline of lower Manhattan, as seen from Exchange Place, is mostly in darkness except for the Goldman Sachs building after a preventive power outage caused by giant storm Sandy, in New York, Oct. 30, 2012. Photo: Reuters

RTR3AZXA An aerial view shows a house pushed into marshland almost a month after the Oakwood neighborhood in the Staten Island borough of New York City was left devastated by Hurricane Sandy, Nov. 28, 2012. Photo: Reuters

RTR3AA1M A roller coaster is seen in the ocean in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, Nov. 11, 2012. Photo: Reuters