In some places, the cleanup lasted for months, as crews removed broad swaths of downed trees and other debris felled by the heavy snow.
John Jarrell, the Nicholas County highways administrator, had a close call while helping remove downed trees that littered the roads. A tree toppled onto his pickup truck, crashing through the windshield.
"I saw it coming and dodged over into the other lane," said Jarrell, who suffered cuts.
His crews spent months clearing debris from roads snaking through the mountains in the central West Virginia county.
"There were trees falling right and left," Jarrell said. "All day long, you could just hear timber popping, cracking and falling out in the woods."
In Summersville, the town has, for the most part, recovered, said Mayor Robert Shafer. An apartment complex damaged by the heavy snow was repaired. Volunteers pitched in to remove debris from a city park. One vestige of the storm still noticeable is the downtown lot where the Gohil family's convenience store hasn't been rebuilt.
"This community is resilient in helping each other and bouncing back," the mayor said. "It was an awful thing to experience, but we still, in many ways, are much, much blessed."
Several state parks sustained damage from the storm but, except for some backcountry trails still strewn with debris at Cathedral Park, the parks have been restored, said Brad Reed, a district administrator for the state parks system.
"Our employees out there, they dug their heels in and worked -- over and above the call of duty -- and put these places back together," he said. "By the time the spring and summer season came around, when our visitation numbers shoot up, our people pretty well had our parks back together."
Hardest hit by the storm was Holly River State Park, where Sandy dumped more than 2 feet of snow in just a few hours on Oct. 29. By Nov. 1, the park had more than 3 feet of snow.