Clockwise from top left: A radar image of Superstorm Sandy, an aerial view of the breach in Fire Island dubbed “New Inlet,” LIPA crews working to get the lights back on, a house on Fire Island that fell off of its pilings, one of the many felled trees, cars buried in sand in the streets of Long Beach, gas lines that extended for hours and blocks, and Red Cross volunteers helping survivors at Cedar Creek County Park in Seaford. Center from left: the splintered Long Beach boardwalk and a boat that floated onto the Long Island Rail Road tracks.
Saturday marks 10 years since Superstorm Sandy caused catastrophic damage to Long Island, destroying dozens of homes, leaving most residents without power, breaching barrier islands and incapacitating a sewage treatment plant.
Sandy rolled ashore Oct. 29, 2012, killing 153 people, including 53 in New York—13 of them on LI. Millions were displaced across the East Coast, with about 40,000 in The Empire State. Causing an estimated $65 billion in damage, the storm is the sixth costliest on record—down from second.
The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant, which was knocked offline for a month after the storm, spewing sewage into waterways and homes, has been reconstructed. Waterfront neighborhoods that were flooded in the storm surge have changed dramatically, such as the shuttering of Long Beach Medical Center. And questions linger about how transparent federal agencies have been while allocating the $50 billion recovery aid package.
Some of the money was allocated to fund workers to finally start in December 2021 a long-stalled $1.7 billion federal project to mitigate storm damage from the South Fork to Fire Island, more than a half century after the idea was proposed.