Student Conservation Association students Edward Whitehead and Emily Bowles with U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe with a slice of the log they helped cut. Photo credit: Greg Thompson/USFWS
Two years ago today, Hurricane Sandy stormed ashore, bringing tropical storm force winds that extended over an area about 1,000 miles in diameter across the Northeast. Flooding from record storm surge levels in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut did even more damage.
For the families of people who lost their lives, life will never be the same. They and countless others also lost their homes, businesses and irreplaceable memories. I hope you’ll take a moment to remember these losses – and that so many people and communities still need our help to recover.
In addition to the extensive loss of life, livelihood and property, the region's wildlife and the habitat that supports it were also devastated. National wildlife refuges in 14 states along the Atlantic Coast are still recovering from the damage wrought by Sandy.