A year ago US Weather Insurance posted a blog about Superstorm Sandy, the largest storm to hit the Atlantic and devastate shore towns along New Jersey and New York. Sandy hit on October 29, 2012 around 7:30pm along the New Jersey and Long Island shoreline. In New York City, the storm surge hit 14 feet, flooding the cities main form of transportation, the subway and tunnels, and was also responsible for the power loss of thousands. Overall the storm was responsible for claiming 181 lives, 68 in New York and 71 in New Jersey.
After the initial shock of the storm, the residents affected by Sandy did not waste time and started the rebuilding and recovery of the towns with the tagline “Stronger than the Storm.” It is one year later and the towns hit by Sandy have come a long way. Major tourist attractions like the Jersey shore boardwalk have reopened and it was able to host shore goers this past summer. While there are tens of thousands of people that are back in their homes after the devastation of the storm, there are still thousands one year later that are not as lucky. Sandy reported over $65 billion in property damages and there are a lot of people waiting on insurance claims and financial aid that is vital before they can start the rebuilding of their homes. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is hopeful that the towns will recover and show their strength against Superstorm Sandy. This week there are a number events around the NY/NJ areas like “Light the Shore” vigil in Staten Island and fundraising block parties like in Rockaway’s Breezy Point that lost almost 130 due to fires during Sandy. The recovery will no doubt take more time however with the help of so many people the victims can prove they truly are “stronger than the storm.”
Check out some amazing ‘one year later’photos courtesy of 6abc.