Hurricane Sandy came roaring onto the east coast on Monday October 29th. The damage and flooding left in its wake are devastating to the eastern seaboard. Some of the country’s biggest and busiest cities have been shut down, millions were left without power and states are left reeling trying to deal with the aftermath. Dealing with a crisis this big has to involve every level of government, starting locally, all the way up to the federal government.
Before bringing her chaos to the shores of eastern United States however, Sandy caused the death and devastation in the Caribbean. The Cuban government said Sandy killed 11 people when it arrived on their shores the Thursday before it hit the U.S. The storm took dozens of lives in Haiti, a country that seems to deal with one natural disaster after another. Four other people were killed in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the Bahamas.
The hurricane has disrupted the power and transportation of millions of people. Much of Atlantic City and the state of New Jersey along with New York City seemed to suffer the worst of the damage here in the United States. There are other crises that bloomed as a result of the storm. A gas shortage has developed, leaving many waiting on long gas lines, sometimes directed by the National Guard to keep the peace. A gigantic cleanup effort is underway, as the subways were shut down indefinitely. A huge fire destroyed 80 to 100 houses in a flooded beachfront neighborhood in Queens on Tuesday.
The damages from Hurricane Sandy have been estimated by the economists at Moody’s Analytics to be close to $50 billion, making it the costliest natural disaster in United States history. At least 182 people have been confirmed killed in total across the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, and the Bahamas, as a result of the storm. The long term impact has yet to be seen.