WEDNESDAY, NOV 21, 2012

Hurricane Sandy's Destruction--NY Times Interactive Maps from SE's Andrew Beveridge


After Hurricane Sandy has passed, assessments of the damage continue.  In the New York Times article "A Survey of Destruction by Hurricane Sandy in New York City," Archie Tse and collaborators investigated the impact of the storm.  The New York Times team also created interactive maps and graphics to illustrate it, in consultation with Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge.

In the days before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, few people in New York City anticipated the scale of destruction of the storm. Its surge, the wave of water driven by the storm's winds, topped 17 feet in some parts, according to surveys and weather data collected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Some neighborhoods in all five boroughs experienced floodwaters that were more than six feet high.

About 200 homes were washed away, burned down or otherwise destroyed by the storm, the city estimated, and at least another 200 will have to be bulldozed in the coming months. An analysis by The New York Times and Andrew A. Beveridge, a professor of sociology at Queens College, estimated that an additional 42,022 homes and buildings were in areas that had at least three feet of water at ground level -- enough to destroy furniture and require the replacement of walls, boilers, electrical panels and other costly equipment. Nearly 1 in 10 New Yorkers lived in a building that saw some flooding. And about 1 in 20 lived where the flooding exceeded six feet.

Click to explore the city's destruction borough-by-borough and neighborhood-by-neighborhood.
by Sydney Beveridge
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