Hurricane Sandy, swept through the Caribbean and up the East Coast of the United States in late October 2012. The storm left many dead, thousands homeless and the majority without power. The total cost of damage was in the billions of dollars.
On the 19th of October Sandy began as a tropical wave in the Caribbean and within 6 hours became a tropical storm. Sandy managed to upgrade to a hurricane on the 24th October when winds reached 74 mph. Leaving Jamaica it managed to gather some speed and strength making it a Catergory 2 storm. A few changes took place before it reached the U.S. When the storm hit Cuba on the 25th it became a Catergory 1 and then the next day sweeping through the Bahamas. It weakened slightly to a tropical storm on the 27th, but heading north to the U.S coast it managed to gather more strength again. Winds of 80mph hit Atlantic City and the tides were 20% higher than normal helping Sandy’s storm surge. Streets were flooded, power lines knocked down and fires started throughout New York.
Seawater fought against sea walls and the highways and the water inundated tunnels and subway stations. By 1st Nov Sandy had left devastation in New York. With this hurricane, there were bound to be consequences. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, raw sewage emptied onto the streets leaving residents with yet more damages and danger, however this time it could effect their health.
Usually if sewers overflow they are discharged into waterways and people avoid the water, however in this situation the waste was coming back into the City and community. People had to use electric pumps to flush the toxic water out of their homes, especially people who had basements by the canal in Brooklyn. They seem to have been the worst hit. In some cases the filthy water was waist high deep, causing extreme concern for many people. Officials had ordered residents not to use the contaminated water and avoid it at all costs. However not everyone got the message and they tried to salvage some of their belongings which had been washed away in the hurricane.
New York City have combined sewage overflows. They carry sewage, rainwater and industrial wastewater all together to treatment plants. These can be triggered when only as little as a quarter of an inch of rain has fallen so you can see how easily things got out of hand.