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New York soon marks a solemn anniversary: Hurricane Sandy, the worst natural disaster in the city’s history. In Josh Robin’s series, Sandy: Five Years Later, NY1 examines what has been done to better protect the five boroughs, as experts believe dangerous weather events will accelerate in this era of climate change and rising seas. We look at what the city has and has not done.
Nancy DiMauro is getting used to being back home.
It’s taken almost five years to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy sent floodwaters cascading into her house. DiMauro was finally able to return for good a few weeks ago.
The storm drained between $25,000 to $30,000 of her savings. And as work began to elevate her home, she had a heart attack. Doctors say the stress made recovery more difficult.
And yet, an unusual feeling is returning: comfort. She’s even sleeping well.
“I think is what affected me the most is not having a home, a place to call home,” she said.
Like DiMauro, the city has come a long way from the devastation of Sandy.
But five years later, there is still so much to do.
The storm killed 44 people, the majority of them on Staten Island. It caused $19 billion in damage and lost economic activity.
From elevating streets in seaside communities, to storm proofing the underground electric grid that powers the world’s most famous business district, you can see evidence of the city’s recovery from Sandy and preparation for future storms.
But with hurricanes this year highlighting the risks facing coastal cities, New York may be moving far too slowly.
“Sea level rise rates are accelerating,” said Philip Orton of Stevens Institute of Technology. “We’re looking at somewhere between a foot and a half and six feet by the end of this century.”
“So dramatically worse in the long run,” he added.
Over the past three months, NY1 has examined the city’s rebuilding from Sandy and what is being done and not done to prevent similar devastation when the next storm arrives.
The city has spent more than $5 billion on Sandy related recovery and resiliency projects, with $7 billion planned in the next four years.
The state is taking part in the recovery, too, forever changing Staten Island neighborhoods like Oakwood Beach.
As of Oct. 11 of 2017, according to New York State Homes and Community Renewal, 494 homes have been bought out, keeping it as open space. 23 more are expected.
Con Edison lost power to more than 1 million customers. It’s invested $1 billion hardening its network, including 3.3 miles of flood walls. It says 250,000 outages have been avoided so far.
Then, there’s Build It Back. We’ve long heard complaints about the city run program. By some measures, the pace is picking up.
But more homes are unfinished than done, five years after Sandy.
More than 20,000 New Yorkers were originally registered the vast majority of which are single family homes.
With many dropping out or ineligible, by mid October 8,312 single family properties remain. Construction has been completed on 4,111.
By elevating homes, the city is increasing the pace on making buildings more resilient. Officials say just under 7.7 million square feet this year is better prepared versus 264,000 in 2016.
In public housing, Sandy affected 80,000 residents in more than 400 buildings. Roof replacements are beginning at the Red Hook Houses.
Just one development where Sandy took out a boiler has a permanent one back in place. For the rest, officials plan 2021.
Progress at schools is stronger. As of Oct. 12, 2017, 31 schools needed temporary boilers, while 29 now have permanent one.