A year after Superstorm Sandy, much remains to be done. Only $5.2 billion of the federal $60 billion aid package has been spent. $6 billion was set aside for future disasters but has yet to be handed out to the proper recipients. Soon the city will receive $1.3 billion on top of the $1.8 billion it was given shortly after the storm. The MTA continues rebuilding and the effects of the storm will last for years. One-third of the stores on Midland Ave. in Staten Island remain shuttered. A panel agreed that Bloomberg developed a comprehensive approach to resiliency after the storm that should be built on by the next mayor. And the debate continues about how effective natural storm defenses like marshes and oysters can be for smaller events.
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Hurricane Sandy Anniversary
Researchers with the New York City Poison Control Center documented a surge of carbon monoxide poisonings following Hurricane Sandy, reported in Clinical Toxicology.
NPR reports on uneven rebuilding in storm-battered areas.
Ellis Island reopens.
WSJ's streaming coverage of the one-year anniversary.
WSJ interactive looks at storm victims one year later.
Flood Maps Will Increase Insurance Costs
A recent report by the Bloomberg Administration found that the number of families required to pay for federal flood insurance will double when new FEMA flood maps are complete. It calls on Congress and FEMA to ensure that coverage is not cost prohibitive (read the full report)