Remembering Sandy – 1 Year Later

Damage from Sandy in Fairfield

We dodged a bullet with Sandy. Yes, that’s right – we lucked out. While people who lost homes and businesses during the storm would likely disagree with that assessment (and for good reason) the damage from Sandy could have been exponentially worse.

Stamford Hurricane Barrier (Courtesy: Army Corps of Engineers). Green - astronomical tide, Blue - observed water level, Pink - surge/residual.

Stamford Hurricane Barrier (Courtesy: Army Corps of Engineers). Green – astronomical tide, Blue – observed water level, Pink – surge/residual.

The peak wind and storm surge during Sandy struck near low tide. Had Sandy arrived 4 hours later the storm surge would have been record breaking and catastrophic. The images from the New Jersey shoreline would have been displaced 100 miles north on the Connecticut shoreline.

Sandy in Connecticut was also an example of how storm preparedness and good communication can work. Local media, towns, and the state seemed to all be on the same page with storm impacts and the appropriate response. By and large evacuations were successful, utilities responded quickly to outages, people took the necessary steps to protect themselves and their families. Granted, a lot of this occurred because of Tropical Storm Irene a year prior, but it was nonetheless an impressive and successful preparation and response to Sandy here in Connecticut.

More on Sandy: Storm Summary / More on Sandy’s Wind Damage

 

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