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Learning from Hurricane Sandy, 10 Years Later

This past Saturday marked 10 years since the devastating Hurricane Sandy pummeled through the tri-state area.

On that infamous October day in 2012, the storm which originated in the Caribbean reached dry land, striking waterfront neighborhoods hard. Forty-four New Yorkers lost their lives, 51 miles of land was flooded, and 2.5 million residents lost power. The damage amounted to a total of $19 billion in losses.

The recovery effort took years. A particular focus was given to areas by the shore. Boardwalks and dunes we rebuilt. Concrete and steel walls to aid the blockage of potential raging waters in the future were planned, and flood doors were added on to some tunnels.

In his commemoration of Hurricane Sandy’s eruption 10 years ago, New York City Mayor Eric Adams committed to a number of actions for the continual fortification of the city:

  1. The Brooklyn Bridge-Montgomery Coastal Resilience (BMCR) project, which calls for the installation of flood walls and protective barriers.
  2. Climate Strong Communities (CSC), which focuses on strategic development of protection plans against specific hazards.
  3. A request to the federal government to provide an $8.5 billion pre-disaster funding program to complete over 10 projects in progress.

Following the superstorm, tri-state area residents became increasingly aware of climate and hazard threats. As Mayor Adams said, “I think everyday New Yorkers understand the goal is to be proactive and be prepared.”

With continued efforts and funding to build resilience, residents are sure to feel safer and more prepared in the event of another natural disaster.


James Allenby is the editor of Gowanus Lounge, bringing to his position a vast background on New York, and especially Brooklyn history, culture and lifestyle. Born and bred in the heart of "the County of Kings" James Allenby knows what it means to be a Brooklynite, and imparts this meaning at all times to his readers. Contact James at info(at)