Superstorm Sandy: A Storm That Changed New York Forever

By: Melissa H. Luckman, Practitioner-in-Residence of the Disaster Relief Clinic and Daniel Strafer, Staff Attorney of the Disaster Relief Clinic

(L to R): Daniel Strafer, Staff Attorney; Melissa Luckman, Practitioner-in-Residence; Christina Lipski, Paralegal (L to R): Daniel Strafer, Staff Attorney; Melissa Luckman, Practitioner-in-Residence; Christina Lipski, Paralegal

On October 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy caused severe damage to many areas on the eastern seaboard. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide state of emergency, and ordered a mandatory evacuation of Flood Zone “A.” Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. Between 1980 and 2013, the United States suffered more than $260 billion in flood-related damages. Superstorm Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive disaster of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, and the second-costliest hurricane in the United States. Estimates as of 2015 assessed damage to have been about $75 billion, a total only surpassed by Hurricane Katrina.

As the Sandy waters started to recede, thousands of homeowners began the process…

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