Six Months After Hurricane Sandy, Signs of Economic Life Emerging from the Rubble

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It’s been six months since Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast, the second most damaging and ferocious combination hurricane & cold weather front to ever hit the United States. [ Hurricane Katrina has been the only storm to inflict more damage. ]

When the storm struck I blogged and reported on it nonstop for a week. The world was riveted by the sheer size and mass of this behemoth superstorm, which blanketed the entire upper east coast of the United States well into New England, parts of Canada, with storm effects stretching as far south as northern Alabama.

Six months later tens of thousands of people remain homeless or displaced. Others are still living out of boxes and suitcases in hotel rooms across New Jersey and New York state while they battle in out with insurance companies. Any semblance of normal life has been washed away for thousands of families still coping with the red tape nightmare aftermath of trying to rebuild shattered homes and lives. Children’s sense of normalcy and routine has been utterly disrupted in all of this and they often suffer the most.

Many new oddities have emerged as side effects of the hazards wrought by Hurricane Sandy. Used car buyers are cautioned as never before with “Buyer Beware” to try to avoid purchasing a vehicle which may have been partially submerged and water damaged by Sandy. Tens of thousands of automobiles sitting parked on new and used car lots, parked in garages or on the street were submerged in the storm surge deluge when Sandy hit. These vehicles are not a good bet as an auto purchase and articles are being written telling consumers how to avoid these formerly ‘sogged out’ autos by all means when shopping for a car.

In south Jersey shore region of Moonachie and Little Ferry, mold is now the new enemy. Other New Jersey residents are feeling the pinch of escalating double digit increases in the price of property insurance.

Hopeful signs are scattered among the wreckage and detritus left behind by the storm.

1.7 billions dollars in federal HUD block grant money will soon begin to be distributed to communities in New York state affected by the storm.

Writer Katie McFadden of Rockaway New York writes that “Everybody remembers what they were doing on October 29th 2012.”  Six months later residents of Rockaway New York are still struggling to cope with the losses inflicted by the storm, but residents have hope that brighter days are ahead.

Mariners in Barnegat Bay New Jersey report that the bay is fine and the waterways are safe to travel. They are inviting visitors to come and spend a day on the bay.

Tony’s Pier Restaurant in the Bronx New York, will re-open this summer. The popular eatery had been completely destroyed by fire related to hurricane Sandy.

In Suffolk Virginia, Bennett’s Creek Restaurant and Marina has announced plans to re-open soon.
In northeast Ohio, shrubs and evergreens are in high demand as homeowners and businesses rebuild, replant and re-landscape areas destroyed by the storm.

Many Jersey Shore towns are pleased to announce that they are “open for business” six months after Sandy.

Teens from Yonkers New York recently took a field trip to Fire Island to help clean debris still lingering from the storm.
East coast writers are also penning posts wagering that Atlantic City will soon make an economic comeback. Grace Bello, an NBC News contributor, blamed flawed and misleading national news media coverage of hurricane Sandy on the serious slump in visits to Atlantic city since the storm hit:

“Atlantic City casinos were forced to shut their doors on Oct. 28 during the storm. Protected by the dunes, the infrastructure of Atlantic City’s tourist district was barely harmed by Sandy, and the casinos reopened within a week. But national news footage had shown the city’s iconic boardwalk engulfed in waves. Afterward, TV correspondents toured a 50-foot section that lay in splinters. However, media coverage missed that the portion of the boardwalk that suffered was in a residential neighborhood a half-mile away from the last casino on the boardwalk, and had been in disrepair for years.

Nonetheless, according to a November survey by Russel Research, 41 percent of Americans believed Atlantic City’s boardwalk had been destroyed.”

Go Spend Some Money on the Eastern Seaboard This Summer

If you are planning a trip or vacation, consider the east coast this summer.  Why not make plans to visit and spend some time and some money at an east coast resort town in Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware or New York State?  Your money will be well spent, bringing just a little more hope and economic sunshine into the lives of our friends and neighbors back east who are literally rebuilding their livelihoods, often from scratch.  The businesses they are trying to resurrect need your support.  And you might just have the time of your life while you are there.

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LEFT: Car sits flooded near downtown Crisfield as Hurricane Sandy pounded the region. RIGHT: Same spot today.

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Facts about Hurricane Sandy

Superstorm Sandy, a hybrid of a hurricane and two cold-weather systems, struck on Oct. 29, concentrating most of its fury on New Jersey, New York and Connecticut and becoming one of the most expensive storms in history. Six months later, the region is still recovering and the scope of the storm has come into sharper focus. Figures are as of April 26.

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DEATHS:  The National Hurricane Center attributes 72 deaths in the United States directly to Sandy and 87 more indirectly, from causes such as hypothermia due to power outages, carbon monoxide poisoning and accidents during cleanup efforts, for a total of 159.

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DAMAGE:  The Hurricane Center estimated Sandy’s damage at $50 billion, second only to the $108 billion caused by Hurricane Katrina in Gulf Coast states in 2005. Congress approved more than $60 billion in storm aid for Sandy victims and their communities.

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HOUSING AID:  The Federal Emergency Management Agency has paid out $959 million for housing assistance and $848 million to communities and nonprofit groups in New York state, and $387.4 million in housing grants and $263 million to communities and nonprofit groups in New Jersey.

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DISASTER LOANS:  The Small Business Administration has made $1.4 billion in disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses in New York, and $731 million in New Jersey.

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FLOOD INSURANCE:  The National Flood Insurance Program has paid $3.4 billion in claims in New York, and another $3.3 billion in New Jersey.

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UTILITIES:  Jersey Central Power & Light says 1.3 million customers lost power in New Jersey. It cut 65,000 trees to help restore power, fixed 34,000 downed wires and put up 6,700 new utility poles. In New York, Consolidated Edison has strung 60 miles of new electrical cable after the storm and eventually restored power to more than 1 million customers.

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Sources: National Hurricane Center, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Jersey Central Power & Light, Con Ed

Six Months After Sandy: Sea Gate Family’s Recovery Still A Struggle

Residents of Staten Island’s high-end Nicolosi Drive still struggling after Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy proved too much for many of New Jersey’s storm-damaged forests

Where is the US Media Coverage of the Giant Sinkhole Story? Did a Censorship Sinkhole Swallow it?

It’s a worldwide phenomenon which has been accelerating each year for nearly a decade now: giant sinkholes. In fact, I could literally spend days on end posting the newest photos from all over the world of the newest giant sinkholes, aka “Fabian Pits” which have opened up in 2012. Instead I posted just a few.

This is a HUGE news story on several fronts: public safety, geology, weather, and climate change, for starters. So what kind of stupor is the MSM in, that they are not covering this story? Have a look:

A giant sinkhole opened and filled with water in Dover Ohio, 2012. It’s the size of four football fields.
This huge sinkhole opened up on May 3rd 2012 in the back yard of a Windermere Florida home.
June 25th 2012, Jonesville Park, Seattle region
Hudson Florida, June 21st 2012, a huge sinkhole literally swallows more than half of a home. Happy summer solstice.
Medina Lake sinkhole near San Antonio Texas, 2012.
Sinkhole swallows SUV in Durban South Africa, 2012.

The subject of “Earth Changes” is one I have been reporting on for nearly 7 years. Much of what I have reported earlier on this topic is now located at:

http://biblicaltimes.wordpress.com

http://artopia444.wordpress.com

2012 has been a jaw dropper for sudden and inexplicable new earth changes. Monster sink-holes are appearing around the world, more unnerving mass animal deaths are taking place, hurricane Sandy shattered all records for northern East Coast US storm damage, the summer drought of 2012 ravaged crops and withered the central plains of the American Midwest.

The American news media has mostly ignored the growing story about the massive number of huge sinkholes which continue to open up, which inspires news bloggers like me to report on them and share the information with as many as possible in the internet community.

This page documents just a few of the hundreds of events all around the world which have defied explanation this year. Noteworthy is the most recent Dover Ohio sinkhole, the size of four football fields, and the fact that not a single MSM outlet has covered the story about it. Book mark this page as I will be adding new videos to it weekly.

Australia, 2012 sinkhole

This stunningly enormous sinkhole opened up in Guatemala after hurricane Agatha in 2010 and made headlines around the world. The phenomenon is increasing each year with accelerating earth changes.

June 4th 2012, near Zhejiang Province China, massive sinkhole opens in the middle of a two lane blacktop.

More Photos from the Past Few Years: Giant Sinkholes Are a Global Phenomenon

Giant sinkhole swallows another SUV, 2010 – unknown locale.

Photo of an older giant sinkhole located in the Santa Cruz highlands of Ecuador. Undated photo.

Earlier video from 2011

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Finding Gas After Hurricane Sandy: Tips, Links, Resources, Twitter Accounts

Finding Gas in NYC, NJ, CT

Saturday 11.03.12 update

Begin here: www.Findgas.org

Gov. Christie has signed an executive order rationing gas for NJ residents in 12 counties. You can read that report here.

New Jersey residents on Twitter follow @njgas

NYC residents on Twitter note that @nycgas’s account has been suspended, so follow @GasBuddy or go to:
 http://gasbuddy.com

List of Gas Stations that CURRENTLY Have Lots of Regular Unleaded GAS

#NYCgas map showing gas station locations [ I don’t know which of these stations are out of gas. ]

Mappler.net map of NYC, NJ gas station locations

On Twitter, some hashtags to find gas include: #njgas, #nygas, #nycgas and #brooklyngas. In addition, you can follow the Twitter accounts of @GasBuddy and @njgas. Other Twitter handles such as @brooklyngas and @nygas don’t have many followers – but, as of Friday morning – were pumping out information. (Pun intended.)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/power-slowly-returns-in-ny-after-storm-some-small-explosions-felt-in-manhattan-neighborhood/2012/11/03/630fde8c-25b4-11e2-92f8-7f9c4daf276a_story.html

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath: Eating Out of Trash Bins, Long Bus Lines, Coming Unglued Over Gas

List of Gas Stations that CURRENTLY Have Lots of Regular Unleaded GAS

Real human suffering, shattered communities and frayed nerves are emerging from the weather catastrophe of hurricane Sandy. Tensions are running high in New York state, New Jersey and Connecticut, the three states hardest hit by power outages from hurricane Sandy. The Business Insider reports that at least 49,000 New Yorkers are trapped inside apartment buildings and still without electric power.

In NYC commuters wait for up to three hours every day to board buses to get to work. Huge crowds mill around bus stations and the lines stretch out behind them for blocks on end.

For many on the east coast who literally lost everything they owned in the storm, hunger is already a real and urgent issue.

Among the most nerve rattling stories are alleged incidents along the upper east coast that the residents of wealthier neighborhoods are having their electric power restored first, while working class families in poorer neighborhoods languish without electricity or heat for the fifth straight day since the storm hit. Both Bridgeport Connecticut and Staten Island residents allege this is taking place and they are furious over it. It also hasn’t exactly been a popular idea among the residents of New York’s Staten Island that while they literally pillage through restaurant rubbish bins for food that Mayor Bloomberg has decided to go ahead with the New York Marathon. Bloomberg’s reasoning is that NYC needs the income boost that the marathon will bring. Grocery stores have spiked prices on many items to 3 or 4 times their normal cost.

Long gas lines and gasoline rationing is part of the aftermath in New York state, New Jersey and Connecticut. Five to ten gallons of gas per person is now the limit. For a huge SUV that will put about a quarter of a tank of gas in the car. Many station owners stated they have “gas in the ground” but no electricity to operate pumps to get to it. “Panic buying” of gas has only exacerbated the situation. Gasoline lines stretched literally for miles along with tedious waits of over two hours to get the pump only to find you could not fill up but could only put five or ten gallons of gas in the tank. Many people ran out of gas on the way to the station and vehicles were seen being pushed for several miles by groups of people to make it in for gas. In Queens New York a frustrated motorist pulled a gun on another motorist while in waiting in line for gas. State Troopers have been deployed to keep the peace at many stations. About half the gasoline stations in the upper east coast region are still closed and without power or enough fuel to reopen.

The quest for gas has many people going online for tips on where gas can be found in their regions:

“Nov 2 (Reuters) – Looking for gas in places that have been hit hard by Sandy? Instead of waiting in line, go online.

Crowd sourcing is the best way for drivers who are looking to fill up their tanks or get fuel for generators to find the most up-to-the-minute information.

On Twitter, some hashtags to find gas include: #njgas, #nygas, #nycgas and #brooklyngas. In addition, you can follow the Twitter accounts of @GasBuddy and @njgas. Other Twitter handles such as @brooklyngas and @nygas don’t have many followers – but, as of Friday morning – were pumping out information. (Pun intended.)

A caveat: Stations run out of fuel quickly.

“As soon as someone gives us a lead, they follow it and get there, and there’s not always gas,” says Michael Sandler, a lawyer who started the @njgas Twitter account earlier this year to monitor gas prices in his area.

Sandler advises gas-hungry consumers to avoid rest stops on major highways. It’s not worth it to wait three hours in line, he says.”

Related:

Utility workers pelted with eggs after Bridgeport, Conn. mayor blasts provider

Cited:  “United Illuminating workers reported eggs and other objects being thrown at them a day after Mayor Bill Finch said the utility was taking care of wealthy suburbs while his constituents suffered. The unrest caused United Illuminating to pull its workers out until the city agreed to provide police protection.

“Citizens began throwing things at the crews,” Michael West, a spokesman for United Illuminating, told FoxNews.com. “It started to get pretty hairy. They did not feel safe.”

Hurricane Sandy Photos, Monday Night Landfall Predicted for Delaware, Chesapeake Bay Coasts

Earlier this week I reported:

Hurricane Sandy has already plowed through Cuba and the Bahamas, leaving 31 people dead and a trail of destruction. As the growing super-storm takes aim at the United States east coast [ current predictions are that Sandy will make landfall in the Delaware Bay region ] photos show the damage wrought and the struggle of hurricane victims to cope.

The storm presently has been downgraded to a category one hurricane. Earlier computer models have shown Sandy all over the place in the northern east coast and inland region as storm experts have tried to forecast where landfall might take place.

http://readyforanythingstore.net/2012/10/26/watching-the-trajectory-of-hurricane-sandy-us-east-coast-should-prepare/