After Sandy, More Disruptions than Recovery

By Dan Collins on 31 October 2012
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Aerial view of storm damage in New Jersey

Airports Reopen, New York in Gridlock, Millions Without Power

New York is beginning to regain traction after taking a heavy hit from Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall just south of the city on Monday, with all three area airports, including La Guardia, which had been particularly badly flooded, reopening on Wednesday. However, measures are in place to maintain order while the recovery continues.

Parts of New York and New Jersey are still flooded and several million remain without power. Over 100 Manhattan hotels are closed because of flooding and power outage, but those that remain open, such as the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square, are completely sold out.

In Manhattan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has limited cars carrying less than three passengers from entering the city between 6 a.m. and midnight to entry via the George Washington Bridge, in order to avoid a repeat of Monday morning’s gridlock

Air travel should improve, however. New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that LaGuardia airport and both of its runways would reopen at 7 a.m. on Thursday, however 530 of Thursday’s flights in and out of LGA have already been cancelled, and neither JFK nor Newark are running at full capacity. In all, over 19,500 flights have been cancelled as a result of this storm across the U.S. as of Wednesday night.

All Broadway performances in will retake the stage on their regular schedules as of Thursday. Opinions vary as to whether New York City’s teeming rat population that inhabits the city’s subway tunnels drowned as a result of the flooding, or whether millions of rats will be forced to the street.

(Photo: Mark Olsen)


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