Hurricane Sandy damaged facilities that provide essential city services, such as police stations, fire stations, sanitation garages, and educational facilities. Despite efforts to protect City-owned infrastructure, facilities, and other assets, damage to such property was extensive.
In response, the City has allocated $328.5 million toward reimbursable emergency services such as NYPD assistance, debris removal, and hospital continuity of services during the storm and in the immediate aftermath. In addition, the City has allocated $90.93 million to rehabilitate, reconstruct, or make more resilient public facilities citywide.
Below are some examples of the infrastructure and City service projects as part of the CDBG-DR Action Plan.
Rapid Repairs: The NYC Rapid Repairs Program has assisted residential owners impacted by Hurricane Sandy with emergency repairs to their private properties in order to alleviate emergency conditions caused by the storm. Repairs included restoration of heat, power and hot water, and other limited repairs to protect a home from further significant damage.
Rockaway Boardwalk: The storm destroyed much of the Rockaway Beach boardwalk. In partnership with the NYC Economic Development Corporation, the City has since rebuilt and transformed the boardwalk. Intact sections of boardwalk were repaired, damaged beach buildings were renovated, destroyed facilities were replaced, and resiliency measures were created.
Health and Hospitals: Hurricane Sandy’s record-breaking storm surge damaged several HHC facilities and led to the evacuation of Bellevue and Coney Island hospitals. The City has allocated funds to help repair buildings and replace equipment, but also relocate as much critical systems out of basements and away from areas that may flood in the future.