ISLAND PARK - Businesses across Island Park are slowly reopening six months after Superstorm Sandy devastated the village.

Empire Kayaks reopened today after a lot of help from friends, family and complete strangers.

Still, Michael Scully, of the Island Park Chamber of Commerce, says roughly 25 percent of businesses remain closed following the storm.

The federal government recently approved $1.7 billion to help communities like Island Park rebuild. Long Islanders hope the money will trickle down faster to help reopen area businesses.