Hurricane Sandy FEMA Project Highlights
NYU Langone Medical Center, located 200 feet from New York City's East River, suffered severe flood damage during Hurricane Sandy. High winds and heavy rain disrupted power to the Langone Medical Center on October 30, 2012. Backup generators failed and nearly 300 patients, including 45 critical care patients and 20 babies were evacuated to other area hospitals.
All of the buildings on the main campus are connected at the basement level. Flood waters from Hurricane Sandy breached the campus buildings through exterior doors, mechanical vents, interconnecting electrical conduits and then traveled to adjoining buildings. Before the night was over, 15 million gallons of water poured onto the campus, knocking out power, destroying equipment and forcing an evacuation of 322 patients.
Hurricane Sandy’s high winds, heavy rains, and storm surge damaged or destroyed 3.42 miles of the 5 mile boardwalk’s wooden decking system, along with some of the concrete supports and fire breaks. Storm tidal surge also severely damaged or destroyed boardwalk ramps, stairs, benches, and other park infrastructure.
Hurricane Sandy’s high winds, severe flooding, and power outages caused widespread damage to the Bay Park STP. As a result of Hurricane Sandy approximately 50 structures, numerous mechanical and electrical systems, and operating equipment were damaged at the STP.
The plant lost total conveyance and treatment services for three days. This Plant failure resulted in an estimated 100 million gallons of untreated sewage overflowing into the streets, adjoining neighborhoods and Hewlett Bay. In addition, another 2.2 million gallons of partially treated effluent was released into the bay.
At the turn-of-the-20th century, the Long Branch boardwalk promenade attracted high society tourists from all over the country. Hurricane Sandy flooding and storm surge caused damage along the entire boardwalk, undermining bluffs and erosion protection, damaging structures and lighting, and causing collapse of some areas of roadway and curbing.
Located in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune Township, the new Municipal Marina provides services for boaters and the public, including two garages large enough for boat repairs and water rescue equipment. Hurricane Sandy destroyed the storefront window system and the garage bay doors of the former marina facility, allowing floodwaters to penetrate the interior of the building and destroy all of the interior finishes. The Township determined that the partially collapsed building was dangerous to the safety of the public and it was demolished shortly after the event.
In 1955, Sea Bright Fire Rescue was erected in downtown Sea Bright. It’s still all-volunteer, but it will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to keep residents safe. Floodwaters, high winds, and wave action from Hurricane Sandy resulted in structural damage to the firehouse. Inspection by FEMA discovered multiple, unstable structural problems and the Sea Bright code enforcement department condemned the building.
After Hurricane Sandy, FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding was made available to help pay for bridge repairs—scour remediation—throughout New York. “Scour” damage includes erosion and wear and tear from water flowing against foundations, abutments, piers and embankments. The program aims to increase the State’s resiliency, reduce hardship and mitigate the risks of loss and damage of future disasters.
Long lines for gas persisted more than a week after Hurricane Sandy slammed New York City Oct. 29, 2012. There was no power to pump gas. City officials estimated that only 25 percent of area’s filling stations were operating days later.
Hurricane Sandy made landfall along the coast of New Jersey on Oct. 29, 2012, pushing a five-foot wall of water across the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission’s Newark Bay Treatment Plant. The saltwater flooded a network of tunnels and equipment, knocking out the main power feeder lines and the backup emergency generators. Raw sewage backed up in the lines, and over several days 840 million gallons of raw sewage flowed untreated into the Passaic River.