Earlier this month, AIR teams were deployed to survey damage in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. The commentary in this report provides an initial glimpse into the kinds of damage patterns caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Affected areas that AIR surveyed include Staten Island, Manhattan, Coney Island, and Queens, N.Y.; Toms River, Point Pleasant Beach, Sea Bright, Keyport, Union Beach, Keansburg, Atlantic City, Long Beach Island and Ocean City, N.J.; and parts of Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Long Island.
Staten Island, New York
In New London, sustained wind speeds of 45 mph were recorded, and the AIR team saw the most widespread (if not the most severe) damage of the day here. On Pequot and Montauk Avenues, which border the harbor, roof damage was seen on approximately 10 percent of homes. The only case of severe damage, however, was due to a tree falling on a house. In addition, some boats had been damaged, including one that had sunk (likely due to smashing into the dock).
Little East Neck is very close to the coast. At this location, AIR saw some of the most severe damage of the day, driven by storm surge flooding. Of the homes closest to the coast, it appeared that about 20 percent had some visible roof damage, but water-related impacts were truly devastating. One homeowner told us that her house had flooded, with water rising to 55 inches inside the home.