Award of Excellence|
Hurricane Sandy has been the largest natural disaster to strike the eastern seaboard in a generation. From destroying entire neighborhoods to flooding thousands of homes the economic and emotional impact has been unprecedented in the region. It has not only shown how woefully unprepared large metropolitan areas like New York City are for more extreme weather disasters but also that climate change has very costly and real effects.
A playground apparatus stands surrounded by water pushed up by superstorm Sandy in Bellport, New York, October 30, 2012. Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke on Tuesday to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to huge swathes of the nation's most densely populated region, swamped New York's subway system and submerged streets in Manhattan's financial district.