Sandy’s lessons

Hurricane Sandy in 2012 claimed the lives of 117 people and caused nearly 50 billion USD of damages. This disaster has revealed the vulnerability of the infrastructure of New York City.
Photo credit: MTA New York City Transit/Leonard WigginsThe Cranberry Street Tunnel, New York © vcohen, CC BY 2.0

Transformers, supplying Manhattan, have been severely affected, leaving much of the neighborhood without power for weeks. Water treatment plants were out of order, hospitals closed, subway flooded and some lines still disrupted to-date.
As a result, the City Council has taken preventive measures, the most important of which are changing building rules in flood-risk zones, dumping sand on the most vulnerable shores and the signing of a power supply agreement with Con Edison.

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