About the Storm
Hurricane Sandy made landfall on Oct. 29, 2012 near Brigantine, New Jersey, devastating communities along the Atlantic Coast. Record levels of storm surge were recorded in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, with tropical storm force winds extended over an area about 1,000 miles in diameter. A federal impact assessment in 2013 estimated that Sandy damages exceed $50 billion, with 24 states impacted by the storm.
In addition to the extensive loss of life, livelihood and property, the region's natural areas were greatly impacted. National wildlife refuges suffered loss of habitat, refuge staff productivity and visitor opportunities. Rain washed out roads, trails and dikes, hindering habitat management and reducing visitor access. Storm surge left miles of debris and hazardous materials on beaches, in coastal marshes and forests, degrading habitat and endangering staff and visitors. High winds damaged buildings and caused power outages across refuge properties.