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The Day After Sandy

Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast on Monday, October 29. By Tuesday, October 30, photos and reactions to Hurricane Sandy were filling Twitter feeds with unimaginable images and news of flooding, fire, felled trees, hospital evacuations and explosions. MetroFocus curated that busy stream on Tuesday to share an overview of what people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut had posted less than 24 hours after Sandy hit. One of the most-cited Tweets that day was from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: “I don’t give a damn about Election Day after what has happened here. I am worried about the people of New Jersey. #Sandy”.

  • disqus_uUVlhJd2Ab

    what was sandy’s original name before they shortened it to sandy ? ?

    • Chris Knight

      Was it a shortening of a longer name? I read that once a tropical depression becomes a tropical storm, the storm gets a name. Tropical Storm Sandy was announced by the National Hurricane Center on October 22, 2012 – I didn’t find info on an earlier version of the name. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2012/al18/al182012.discus.002.shtml?

  • vinylrules

    Andrew Carolla we got four feet of water lost most of our belongings – family collections and valuables w e were lucky not to lose our house or any lives we tried to clean the bulk up and ran out of dumpster the city was nice to pay for a dumpster for the street but it got filled quickly and w e still ha d another dumpsters worth – w e tried to put out a little a each week while the city cut back on bulk pick up -a couple of months later the city cam e by complaining of blight – the city got money to help restore i am not sure where it went i dont know of any residence who got any we are still cleaning what we could put in our garage to try to save

  • Rose

    On Long Island, my father had died earlier that year and before the house could be sold Sandy flew in. In the 60+years there was NEVER any water in or near the house, with Sandy that all changed. I get it that because no one was living in the home there was no FEMA relief, but what about re-building relief? The insurance company played the game “was it the wind” or “was it the rain” or “was it the flood” argument; so we got virtually nothing ($250). Who can we contact to gain some re-building relief?

  • Rebekah

    Our property in West Haven, CT got nailed twice – Tropical Storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy – and, when a few months ago I wrote to the City’s Corporation Counsel to ask where donated funds went, I didn’t et the courtesy of a reply. At a physical town hall meeting, we learned that (1) part of the problem may have stemmed from work that was being done along the shore; (2) that our property, bordered by a meadow (according to the land deed) is now a flood zone; and (3) the City owns and is responsible for the marsh whose WAVES (3′ in Irene, 4′ in Sandy) devastated our home twice.
    FEMA gave us a little assistance with Irene. With a child and three adults in the household, and one full-time income, one Social Security income, and one adult out of work (and the child’s mother being months behind in child support), we simply can’t afford flood insurance. FEMA’s denial letter is very specific: they would not help us post-Sandy because we didn’t/can’t afford to have flood insurance.

    • Rebekah

      NOTE: we got help from listeners at the local radio station, WPLR. who carted destroyed belongings to the curb and dumpster, and helped to salvage our belongings, tirelessly.
      We had over $20,000 worth of damage in Irene, including a totaled car, no help at the local level, and only a little help at the Federal level.

      We had over $95,000 worth of damage in Sandy, including a totaled car, no help at the local level, and no help at the Federal level.

  • Joey

    Question: Millions of Dollars have been spent on beach replenishment. Did it really work? Was there too much sand ? Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright was covered with three or feet of sand , The Boardwalk in Long Branch Eighteen feet above sea level was hit by waves, did the excessive sand level cause the damage? During the summer numerous rescues occurred as the was a constant undertow and rip current

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