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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sandy’s legacy: blackouts, gas lines and food shortages

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Alex Tavarez, Robert Peralta, Ramon Brito and others wait with jerrycans at the BP station on Broadway at West 230th Street and Riverdale Avenue on Monday night.

Last week blew in with a powerful storm of historic proportions that left many in Riverdale and Kingsbridge in the dark and cold. 

Trees that stood for decades were snapped by powerful gusts, bringing down power lines, blocking streets and crushing property.

Water rushed into lower Manhattan, flooding tunnels and train tracks. 

Transportation screeched to a halt. Buses, trains, Metro-North, Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit, the Staten Island Ferry and all area airports stopped operating.

Residents who had lost power, cable, heat and hot water began flocking to refuges like the Riverdale YM-YWHA, which allowed people to shower, charge their phones and begin reconnecting with the world. 

But they did not return to business as usual. 

Power trickled back, but hundreds remained without it by press time. Public, private and parochial schools re-opened after the longest unplanned hiatus in memory, but some remained displaced on Tuesday. 

Public transportation was mostly restored by week’s end, but gasoline became a scarce commodity, after refineries flooded, ports closed and gas stations lost electricity necessary to pump fuel. 

And even as life started returning to normal, residents ventured out into the world outside their most immediate environs and — though still distressed — began helping to relieve those devastated in the hardest hit parts of Long Island, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn and New Jersey. 

Click below for more of our coverage on Sandy.

Putting the storm into context

Lending a hand in hard times

What your pols did and didn’t do to help

Boredom and elation as student get a week off

Climate change

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