Five years after Superstorm Sandy was supposed to have taught the U.S. a lesson about the dangers of living along the coast, disaster planning experts say there is no place in America truly prepared for climate change and the tempests it could bring.
That is true even in New York and New Jersey, where cities and towns got slammed by deadly floodwaters that rose out of the Atlantic on the evening of Oct. 29, 2012.
NEW YORK (AP) — Their lives began with one of the most dramatic stories of Superstorm Sandy: the evacuation of 32 newborn babies from a major New York City hospital that got flooded and lost power. Hospital staffers tended to laboring women in the dark and carried mothers and tiny infants — 21 of them in intensive care — down stairways into the thick of the 2012 storm. Doctors and nurses squeezed air pumps by hand to fill some of the most fragile babies' little lungs.
On Oct. 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy devastated coastal areas of New Jersey and New York, causing billions of dollars in damage, and killed dozens of people in the U.S. and Caribbean.
Here's a look at where things stand with the region's recovery five years later:
New Jersey reported $36.8 billion in damage, and New York $32.8 billion. While most of that money has been spent on recovery, some funds continue to be spent five years later, including aid for damaged homes.
NEW YORK (AP) — Within the next three decades, floods that used to strike the New York City area only once every 500 years could occur every five years, according to a new scientific study released just days before the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.
The study, performed by researchers at several universities and published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, primarily blames the predicted change on sea-level rise caused by global warming.
PHOTOS: Plans in pipeline to protect against next Sandy
After Superstorm Sandy, Rebuild by Design — a design competition from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and The Rockefeller Foundation — launched a project for cities and towns affected by the storm and residents to come up with plans for projects to make their coastlines more resilient.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — After Superstorm Sandy flooded the first floor of his New Jersey home with 4 feet of water, Rich Bindell shelled out tens of thousands of dollars to a contractor he knew was approved by the state and had done other work in his town.
Five years after the storm, the construction project remains unfinished and the contractor faces up to 10 years in prison after admitting this month to scamming more than 30 homeowners and employees of about $1.9 million.
WEST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says much of the work done by New Jersey's emergency responders when Superstorm Sandy hit nearly five years will remain unknown to the public but not unappreciated.
The Republican governor made the comments Tuesday while speaking at the National Guard Army warehouse in West Orange. The event was attended by several guard members, state troopers and administration officials who Christie called the unsung heroes of the recovery effort.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is adding another $75 million to its program to buy and demolish homes in flood-prone areas, this time in a Raritan Bay community that was damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
Republican Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday that the state is adding money to its Blue Acres program for Keansburg and other communities.
NEW YORK (AP) — The destructive floodwaters of Superstorm Sandy receded quickly, but some storm victims are still neck-deep in a battle over insurance payouts. And many victims of this year's storms in Texas, Florida and elsewhere should brace themselves for a similar fight, lawyers involved in Sandy insurance battles say.
BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — Officials say a fishing pier at the New Jersey shore that was rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy has suffered damage from high waves caused by Hurricane Jose.
And they fear the damage at the Belmont Fishing Club pier in Belmar may worsen during Tuesday afternoon's high tide.
Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty says a support beam has already detached and pilings were knocked loose in the morning waves.
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — Nearly five years after Superstorm Sandy plunged a roller coaster into the sea in what became one of the storm's most enduring images, the ride has been replaced — safely inland this time.
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A Frank Lloyd Wright house that was flooded by Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey is high and dry in Arkansas. And it's getting thousands of visitors as part of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
The Bachman-Wilson House, originally located in Millstone, New Jersey, was one of Wright's famed Usonian homes. The architect created these small, simple structures for middle-class Americans, and about 60 were built.
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Superstorm Sandy and a series of lesser coastal storms since that 2012 disaster compelled some coastal communities to defend themselves by elevating homes and critical infrastructure, building sand dunes, widening beaches and erecting or raising sea walls.