Sandy's impact lingers on for New York

02:12, Nov 10 2012
A wave crashes over the protecting sandbags in front of the houses on the east side of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.
A wave crashes over the protecting sandbags in front of the houses on the east side of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. The area has been ravaged by several storms over the years and has suffered severe erosions problems.
US Route 30, the White Horse Pike, one of three major approaches to Atlantic City, New Jersey, is covered with water from Absecon Bay in this view looking west, during the approach of Hurricane Sandy.
US Route 30, the White Horse Pike, one of three major approaches to Atlantic City, New Jersey, is covered with water from Absecon Bay in this view looking west, during the approach of Hurricane Sandy.
A truck drives through water pushed over a road by Hurricane Sandy in Southampton, New York.
A truck drives through water pushed over a road by Hurricane Sandy in Southampton, New York.
An Army vehicle makes its way down a flooded street in Ocean City, Maryland, as Hurricane Sandy intensifies.
An Army vehicle makes its way down a flooded street in Ocean City, Maryland, as Hurricane Sandy intensifies.
Bracing against the wind, a man wades through a street flooded during Hurricane Sandy in Ocean City, Maryland.
Bracing against the wind, a man wades through a street flooded during Hurricane Sandy in Ocean City, Maryland.
A wall of water batters what remains of the fishing pier in Ocean City, Maryland as Hurricane Sandy intensifies.
A wall of water batters what remains of the fishing pier in Ocean City, Maryland as Hurricane Sandy intensifies.
A marina floods onto the road as Hurricane Sandy hits Ocean City, Maryland.
A marina floods onto the road as Hurricane Sandy hits Ocean City, Maryland.
Two boys run down Foster Avenue while dodging high winds and waves from the effects of Hurricane Sandy in Marshfield, Massachusetts.
Two boys run down Foster Avenue while dodging high winds and waves from the effects of Hurricane Sandy in Marshfield, Massachusetts.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Siding was ripped off of this house in high winds from Hurricane Sandy in Scituate, Massachusetts.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
A man walks into the wind across the Hudson River from the skyline of New York in Hoboken, New Jersey.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Streets are deserted as Hurricane Sandy comes ashore in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Men try to save a boat which became unmoored and washed up on shore due to high winds from Hurricane Sandy in Scituate, Massachusetts.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Kiwi Dave Turner, who's studying at Harvard, took this photo of some of the storm damage in his street in Cambridge.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Kiwi Dave Turner said the tree took out power to his street. He said it was pretty wet and windy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the moment, just "like Wellington on a bad day".
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
A construction vehicle drives through the flooded streets of Brooklyn, New York.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
A local resident navigates the flooded streets of Brooklyn.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Storm surf kicked up by the high winds from Hurricane Sandy floods through a home in Southampton, New York.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Young boys play video games while in the sleeping area of a Red Cross shelter in Hampton Bays, New York.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
A driver stops to watch storm surf kicked up by the high winds from Hurricane Sandy in Southampton, New York.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Fire fighters gather in front of a partially collapsed four-storey apartment building in Manhattan. The building's facade collapsed after high winds hit New York City.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Floodwaters surround a car parked on a street in Hoboken, New Jersey.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
A man stands in front of a flooded building in Manhattan.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
A deluge of water floods the Battery Tunnel in Manhattan.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Floodwaters from super storm Sandy rush into the Port Authority Trans-Hudson's Hoboken, New Jersey station through an elevator shaft.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Fire and rescue crews lead a boat of power workers through flood waters after their power station was over run by flood waters in New York.
Residents, including a young child, are rescued by emergency personnel from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey.
Residents, including a child, are rescued by emergency personnel from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey.
A New York carpark is submerged.
A New York carpark is submerged.
Sandy flooding
Damage along the shoreline caused by Hurricane Sandy in Milford, Connecticut.
The Bounty
The Bounty replica is submerged off the US's East Coast.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Water pushed up by Hurricane Sandy splashes into the window of a building standing by the shore in Bellport, New York.
Water pushed up by Hurricane Sandy splashes into the window of a building standing by the shore in Bellport, New York.
Residents of Rockaways, New York, survey the devastation caused by a fire which broke out during Hurricane Sandy.
Residents of Rockaways, New York, survey the devastation caused by a fire which broke out during Hurricane Sandy.

Residents of New York and New Jersey are being told to prepare for a long recovery from Superstorm Sandy, as thousands of people grapple with cleaning up their properties, the extended lack of electricity and fuel shortages nine days after the storm.

New Yorkers faced petrol rationing for the first time since the energy crisis of the 1970s, as authorities tried to deal with long lines at gas stations and some commuters continued to struggle to get to and from work.

The White House said President Barack Obama would visit the region next week.

Sandy hammered the US East Coast on October 29, killing at least 120 people and causing an estimated US$50 billion in damage or economic losses.

Then an early season snowstorm pummeled the region on Wednesday, knocking out power to some homes just as they were getting back on the grid.

Rationing seemed to ease fuel lines in New York, just as it did in New Jersey last week, and utilities reported that power was being restored to many homes.

Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Residents of Rockaways, New York, survey the devastation caused by a fire which broke out during Hurricane Sandy.
Residents of Rockaways, New York, survey the devastation caused by a fire which broke out during Hurricane Sandy.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
FDNY crews on a fire among homes devastated by fire and Sandy in the Breezy Point section of Queens, New York.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
The 700-ton John B Caddell tanker ran aground on the north shore of Staten Island, New York, during the storm surge.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Residents survey the damage after a tree smashed through their home in Falls Church, Virginia.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Damage after Sandy made landfall on the southern New Jersey coastline.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
A small front loader tractor clears snow in Grantsville, Maryland.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
A canoe sits in the lobby of an apartment building in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Deidre Duffy looks through the wreckage of her home devastated by fire and the effects of Hurricane Sandy at Breezy Point.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
The skyline of New York is pictured at night on October 1, (top), and pictured in darkness in the early morning hours of October 30.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Coast Guard crew assist one of the sailors from the tall ship Bounty. The boat sank in the first stages of the storm.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Bill Johnson is helped by a friend to remove one of his kayaks from a pile of debris in Atlantic City.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
A fire hydrant nearly covered with sand washed ashore in Atlantic City.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
One of many homes badly damaged by Sandy in the Cosey Beach neighborhood of East Haven, Connecticut.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Peter O'Keeffe, from Paraparaumu, has been out seeing the damage from Sandy in Connecticut.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Peter O'Keeffe, from Paraparaumu, has been out seeing the damage from Sandy in Connecticut.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Peter O'Keeffe, from Paraparaumu, took this photo in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Rising water following super storm Sandy at Milford Beach, Connecticut, taken by Peter O'Keeffe, from Paraparaumu.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
A girl jumps off the porch of a cottage along Roy Carpenter's Beach that was destroyed by Sandy in Matunuck, Rhode Island.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
A damaged house in one of the worst hit areas, the community of Atlantique on Fire Island, New York.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Cars sit under debris left from Sandy at the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough in New York.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Rachel Deoadato and Elizabeth Denino hug in front of their their aunt's house of 25 years, destroyed by rising waters from Sandy's storm in Seagate Association, a gated community in New York.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Teens use a canoe to paddle through flood waters left from Sandy in Breezy Point, Queens.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Firefighters look at flood waters left from super storm Sandy in Queens.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Damage from Sandy on Captree Island in Great South Bay near Fire Island, New York.
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People walk by an overturned car in the street in Queens, New York in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.
A woman covers her face in frustration while waiting for hours in line to get fuel outside at a petrol station in the New York City borough of Queens.
A woman covers her face in frustration while waiting for hours in line to get fuel outside at a petrol station in the New York City borough of Queens.

About 434,000 homes and businesses in the Northeast lacked power as of Friday afternoon, down from 696,000 the previous day, the Energy Department said.

But for coastal communities where thousands of homes were smashed, flooded, filled with sand or burned to the ground, full recovery would take a long time.

"This is not going to be a short journey" for many communities, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference.

And New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, after touring the Shore, said that many popular vacation spots will not be fully rebuilt by next summer.

"This is our Katrina," he declared, referring to the hurricane that washed out New Orleans in 2005.

LONG BEACH ISLAND TO REOPEN

At Sea Bright, New Jersey, where Christie spoke to reporters, the boardwalk was buckled and the pier was "out to sea," he said.

Christie said access to Long Beach Island, a popular summer destination evacuated October 29, would reopen on Saturday, giving residents their first chance to view the damage to their homes.

Still, he said he expected power to be restored to 100 percent of his state over the weekend.

Christie, Cuomo and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg all appeared to shift their focus from immediate recovery to long-term rebuilding.

Bloomberg said New York City would work with federal authorities to provide electricians, plumbers and carpenters to people in the worst-hit coastal areas.

He said 40,000 homes in the Rockaways and other neighborhoods had suffered structural damage or salt water had eroded their electrical circuits and power could not be restored until they were sound.

Bloomberg said the programme, to be paid mostly by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, would be faster than asking individual homeowners to find contractors and would get people back in their homes by the end of the year.

New York fuel rations
SHORT SUPPLY: Customers wait in line at a Hess fueling station in Brooklyn, after emergency rationing was introduced post-Sandy.

"We think we can kick-start this," he said.

In the Long Island town of Oceanside, protesters - many without power - took to the streets chanting, "Where is LIPA? Where is LIPA?" LIPA is the Long Island Power Authority, a state-owned utility.

In the Rockaways, a hard-hit area of Long Island, New York, that faces the ocean, a group of military veterans known as Team Rubicon helped residents shovel sand away from their homes, remove rotted drywall from basements and haul large items to the sidewalk.

At the sidewalk, New York sanitation workers used huge tractors to scoop the debris into dump trucks that hauled it away.

START OF GAS RATIONING

Peter Meijer, a Team Rubicon member who said he just returned from a trip helping refugees in South Sudan, was glad to be helping. "This is more satisfying than even my time in the military," he said.

Friday was the first day of fuel rationing in New York City and some surrounding counties, a measure introduced by Bloomberg and Cuomo to ease long lines brought on by Sandy. Cars with odd- and even-numbered license plates will be able to buy gas and diesel fuel on alternate days.

Ralph Bombardiere, executive director of the New York State Association of Service Stations and Repair Shops, said the situation was worse than the fuel crisis of the 1970s.

"Back then there was just a perceived shortage of supply in New York, when there was plenty of gasoline around," he said. "Now we're having real distribution problems."

While Sandy did disrupted the fuel supply to New York, Cuomo said the key problem was panic buying. "More than anything, we have to get buyers to relax," he said.

With parts of the transportation network still damaged, the long lines at the pump added to the frustration of commuters, who must choose between driving and enduring seemingly interminable waits for buses and trains.

The Morris Truck, which usually drives around Manhattan's midtown or financial districts selling $10 grilled cheese sandwiches, instead handed them out for free in the Rockaways, paid for by New York City.

"I had no idea how bad it was out here until I came," said Kenan Fedele, who handed out more than 400 sandwiches and spicy tomato bisque to victims of Sandy.

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