Just over two weeks ago, one of the most devastating storms in recent history struck the East Coast of the United States. Hurricane Sandy destroyed countless homes, businesses, and took an alarming number of lives with it when it finally faded away on Halloween. Now, let’s take a look at just what kind of damages it inflicted.
Sandy, a storm that percolated in the Caribbean like most hurricanes that reach the U.S., came from deadly beginnings. On October 31, ABC News reported that at least 69 lives had been lost in the Caribbean alone, while it was later estimated that over 110 lives total were taken by the storm. That revelation alone is enough to make Hurricane Sandy a living nightmare but, paired with the destruction of man made objects (think homes, commercial and apartment buildings, cars, boats), brings the realization that Sandy has left a wake of brokenness that will take a long while to mend.
For starters, the city of New York was badly hit by the storm. While there are many towns on the East Coast that are used to being battered by hurricanes and other storms, New York has always been lucky enough to be on the relatively mild end of events. Of course, being one of the largest and most culturally diverse cities in the world, NYC has experienced many trials since its inception, but it has seldom seen major occurrences in weather. In fact, just last year, New York City was slated to feel the wrath of Hurricane Irene and when the storm had passed, it turned out that only a little wind and rain had rattled the city. No one knew what to expect from Sandy but it seemed like a genuine shock to all when she severely flooded streets and subways, downed power lines throughout the region, and blew over trees and cars galore. Thousands evacuated and thousands more hunkered down in secured apartment buildings to wait for the rain to subside.
Elsewhere in New York–Staten Island, to be exact–an unimaginable amount of homes were completely destroyed by water, wind, and fire and several people drowned in the resulting nightmarish reality that the borough temporarily became. Long Island was pummeled, as was Connecticut along the Sound and in other places, and deaths were reported throughout the tri-state area, mainly of drowning. In both regions, houses were extraordinarily flooded and unsafe and many families lost all possessions in addition to their power.
New Jersey, too, was not granted mercy when it came to Sandy’s tight grasp. Coastal communities lost scores of homes completely to uncouth ocean waves combined with wind and rain while fires were sparked and spread quickly in the wind and resulting mayhem of the general happenings during the storm, which many major news outlets referred to as “the superstorm.”
And a superstorm it certainly was. While Sandy was absolutely awful to everyone whom she impacted, the silver lining of the whole affair was the unity everyone seems to have felt in its aftermath. President Obama visited victims with Governor Christie of New Jersey–two men of opposing political parties who came together to support citizens in need. Countless workplaces and charities are collecting money and supplies from all over the country to ship off to the most affected regions that are still struggling to recover from the storm.
Above all, people are starting to return to their homes and stock of what needs to be done to get life back to normal. This may mean a new fence, or it may mean an entirely new home. Whatever the hurdle, though, Sandy’s victims are resilient Americans with the backing of their country. Not only will they rebuild, they’ll make their communities better than before. And we have the honor of being able to help them get there.
Please donate to the Red Cross to give Sandy victims the help and relief they need. Thank you!