Cecil Lander stood outside of his flooded home in Coney Island.

“After you accomplish whatever you did for 30 years working, and then everything is gone, how would you feel?” he said, watching his neighbors wait in line for donations outside of the local church.

“We will leave eventually, we won’t stay here. You don’t want memories to come back like this. Your mind is not the same as before.”

Matt Richter is a documentary photographer currently based in New York City.