Posts tagged ‘flooding’

November 4, 2012

Commuters Snatch Up Bicycles in Storm’s Wake – US Business News – CNBC

In New York’s transportation woes, there is finally a silver lining. New Yorkers are biking and carpooling in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s impact on all modes of motorized transportation.

In the midst of congested transit left in Super Storm Sandy’s wake, more New Yorkers are opting to ride bicycles.

“Yesterday we outsold our busiest summer Saturday,” said Emily Samstag, manager of Bicycle Habitat in Brooklyn, speaking to a surge in bike-related sales just one day after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast. “Our first customer walked in and said: ‘The subways are down so I have to buy a bike’. That was standard all morning.”

via Commuters Snatch Up Bicycles in Storm's Wake – US Business News – CNBC.

November 3, 2012

Millions of gallons of gas to arrive in New York – NY Daily News

In New York, gas trumps water during a disaster. This good news for New Yorkers could not have come too soon.

Federal and state officials made urgent moves Friday to ease panic at the pumps, and it’s not a miniute too soon as stressed-out drivers in the New York area were still running on fumes.

The Department of Defense is sending 24 million gallons of gas and diesel fuel to the area, officials said.

via Gas shortage update: Defense Dept. to send millions of gallons of gas to area; Gov. Cuomo waives registration fees and tax requirements for fuel tankers pulling into New York Harbor to expedite delivery – NY Daily News.

November 3, 2012

Without Electricity, New Yorkers on Food Stamps Can’t Pay for Food – COLORLINES

New York parents on food stamps are not able to feed their children.

Many of the low-income residents receive cash and supplemental nutritional assistance from the state electronically through what the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance calls Electronic Benefit Cards EBT.Recipients buying eligible foods are suppose to swipe their EBT cards like any other credit card for their purchases but since Hurricane Sandy hit, most Lower East Side stores don’t have electricity to run credit card transactions and are only accepting cash. Leaving many people on EBT with empty wallets, empty refrigerators and no access to food.

via Without Electricity, New Yorkers on Food Stamps Can’t Pay for Food – COLORLINES.

November 2, 2012

Gasoline Runs Short, Adding Woes to Storm Recovery – NYTimes.com

Gasoline shortages point to another good reason to develop towns where employment centers, park and recreation facilities, grocery stores and housing are within walking distance. Community gardens are also important in this regard, although the flooding would have destroyed these. In any event, communities need to meet their needs without requiring an automobile trip to do so. Bicycle lanes and bicycle ownership by every family member are another good idea.

Four days after Hurricane Sandy, the effort to secure enough gas for the region moved to the forefront of recovery work. The problems affected even New York City, where the Taxi Commission warned that the suddenly indispensable fleet of yellow cabs would thin significantly Friday because of the fuel shortage.</p>

via Gasoline Runs Short, Adding Woes to Storm Recovery – NYTimes.com.

November 2, 2012

Sandy Leaves Mass Transit Reeling, Millions Stranded in Greater NY | Fox Business

This is another casualty of poor disaster planning after Hurricane Sandy washed out the subway and surface mass transportation systems.

Trees and boats deposited by storm surges on railroad tracks and horrific floods caused by Hurricane Sandy threaten to keep millions of people reliant on public transportation stranded for days.

Efforts to analyze the scale and breadth of damage on railways, subways, roadways, trains and buses in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut began Tuesday, however it’s unclear when public transit will return to normal. 

via Sandy Leaves Mass Transit Reeling, Millions Stranded in Greater NY | Fox Business.

November 2, 2012

Another Hurricane Threat: Gas Fires Burning in New Jersey, Possible Explosions – ABC News

Gas hissing, fires, possible explosions. These are just some of the post-hurricane flood worries plaguing New Jersey residents.

On the long and slender stretch of  New Jersey barrier beaches that includes Brick Township, the hiss of gas seems to be everywhere. And between gas fires and the ocean surge, dozens of homes have been destroyed – 60 in Brick Township alone.

The threat from gas is widespread and  the risk of further fire and explosion continues along this devastated coastline where many homes were lifted from foundations and their gas lines ruptured. And officials say it will continue until flames are brought under control and utilities are able to turn off the  main gas line serving the two barrier islands on this stretch.

via Gas Fires Still Burning in New Jersey Where Threat Remains of Possible Explosion – ABC News.

November 2, 2012

Lack Of Long-Term Planning, Underinvestment Hamper Energy Restore

Imagine a 100-year planning horizon. This is not a far-fetched idea, according to Brian Colle, a professor of atmospheric science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

NEW YORK — Two days after Hurricane Sandy walloped the East Coast, electrical utility companies warned hundreds of thousands of customers from Long Island to New Jersey that they may be left in the dark for more than 10 days.

Critics said cost-cutting was holding back recovery efforts, and long-term planning around climate change and extreme weather is lacking. The the industry pointed to downed trees, knocked-out facilities and the devastating reach of the storm to explain the duration of outages.

“You cannot make infrastructure hurricane-proof. We had a nine-foot storm surge on top of high tide. You cannot protect your infrastructure against that sort of damage,” said Chris Eck, spokesman for Jersey Central Power & Light, which had 940,000 customers without power Wednesday.

But several utility and climate experts maintained that utilities, faulted in many places for their response to Hurricane Irene a year ago, should look further back in geological history, and further ahead toward the destabilizing effects of global warming, as they prepare for natural disaster.

In New York City, researchers warned in 2008 that the shoreline was highly vulnerable to a massive surge. Brian Colle, a professor of atmospheric science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, said higher surges could have been foreseen by looking at geological history.

“If you’re planning for New York City to be around for more than 100 years — which I would hope so — then I think it’s prudent to have a flood mitigation plan or strategy that goes beyond 100 years,” Colle said.

via Hurricane Sandy Utility Outages May Be Worsened By Underinvestment, Lack Of Planning.

November 1, 2012

Sewage, Bacteria, Gasoline Found in NYC Floodwater – ABC News

Flood water can be dangerous to your health. In New York, residents are asked to wear “protective gear”.

Water is everywhere in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – in basements, on the streets and in transit systems – but the one place that flood water is most dangerous is in your body.

ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser collected floodwater and drinking water in some of the areas hit hardest by Sandy and had them tested at The Ambient Group lab. The floodwater collected in Lower Manhattan tested positive for gasoline and two types of bacteria found in sewage: E. coli and coliform.

“Very dangerous,” Besser said. “Make sure you wear protective gear if you are coming into contact with flood water.”

via Sewage, Bacteria, Gasoline Found in NYC Floodwater – ABC News.

October 30, 2012

Superstorm Sandy shuts down NY’s Indian Point plant; NJ’s Oyster Creek nuclear power plant on alert | NJ.com

WASHINGTON (AP) — Parts of two nuclear power plants were shut down late Monday and early Tuesday, while another plant — the nation’s oldest — was put on alert after waters from Superstorm Sandy rose 6 feet above sea level.

One of the units at Indian Point, a plant about 45 miles north of New York City, was shut down Monday because of external electrical grid issues, said Entergy Corp., which operates the plant.

via Superstorm Sandy puts NJ's Oyster Creek nuclear power plant on alert; NY's Indian Point plant shut down | NJ.com.

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