There were rumors floating around that Dec. 21, 2012 was going to be the end of the world as we know it. Well, the date was wrong and the location was isolated to the New Jersey and New York and Connecticut shore communities. On Oct. 29, 2012, I thought the world was coming to an end.
Super Storm Sandy slammed into the Jersey shore at approximately 80 miles per hour. New York became the target of a huge storm surge from the backside during a full moon high tide, unlike anything New Yorkers had ever experienced. New York City, the city that never sleeps, had a surge wash over lower Manhattan knocking out all power and public transportation, and flooding all of the tunnels and subways.
Backup generators were washed away in the city hospitals, requiring crews to carry out newborns, aging patients and post-surgical patients to uptown facilities. Hospital floors were flooded, equipment destroyed and walls contaminated. This just wasn’t any water, this was salt water that corroded every piece of metal it touched and contained oil, gas, raw sewage and everything that came into the water’s path.