Hurricane Sandy Six Years Later A look back on the deadliest and most destructive storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season

“The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we’ve ever seen. The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point.” - Former NJ Governor Chris Christie (October 30th, 2012)

Impacts on the Garden State

  • Over two million households lost power
  • Approximately 346,000 homes were damaged or destroyed
  • Economic losses of up to $30 billion for businesses
  • Massive storm surges and devastating coastal floods
  • On average, beaches were 30-40 feet narrower following the storm
  • Highest recorded wind gust at 90 mph
  • Over 113,000 trees were damaged or destroyed
  • Limited transportation (NJ Transit and PATH services shut down)
  • Gasoline shortage (odd-even rationing implemented)
  • Category 3 hurricane downgraded to tropical storm (extratropical cyclone)
  • Death toll of 37

Read more: Damage Assessment Report on the Effects of Hurricane Sandy on the State of New Jersey's Natural Resources

Rebuild & Move Forward

  • $60 billion federal Sandy relief package passed in 2013
  • FEMA approves Major Disaster Declaration
  • Total Individual & Households Program Dollars Approved: $422,887,543.39
  • Enhanced dune replenishment and coastal barrier projects
  • Efforts to improve public communications throughout New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
  • Flood Hazard Area Control Act (DEP) establishes new elevation standards
  • Implementation of Blue Acres Buyout Program in flood prone areas
  • Utility companies increase anti-flooding measures

NJ Sea Grant Consortium Takes Action

NJSGC's Coastal Resilience and Emergency Preparedness Plan offers tools and resources to assist residents and businesses when preparing for severe coastal storms and their impacts.

Monmouth County Supports High Water Mark Initiative

The High Water Mark (HWM) Initiative, a component of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), aims to increase local communities’ awareness of flood risk and encourage risk mitigation actions. The HWM Initiative uses signs on public and private buildings to show the high water mark from past flooding events, like Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

View the HWM Initiative story map HERE.

Please visit the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium website for more information

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