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15 photos that show the scope of Superstorm Sandy’s destruction in NYC

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Clayton Guse

Five years ago this weekend, Superstorm Sandy arrived in the New York metropolitan area. It made landfall on October 29, 2012, and caused widespread flooding and property damage across the city. Half a decade later, New York is still repairing the destruction caused by the storm

The scope of the destruction left in Sandy’s wake is hard to grasp. The storm caused an estimated $19 billion in damage in New York City alone, and the nearby Jersey Shore was demolished as well. These 15 images paint a harrowing picture of the rough shape the city found itself in half a decade ago. 

Entire stretches of Manhattan saw power blackouts in the days following the storm. 

Photograph: Dan Callister/REX/Shutterstock

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikimedia Commons/Hybirdd

The FDR flooded, leaving the expressway shut down for days.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone

Breezy Point in the Rockaways was devastated by the storm. Fires broke out in its aftermath, but flooding left the neighborhood isolated from firefighters.

Photograph: Courtesy Andrea Booher/FEMA

Photograph: Courtesy Andre R. Aragon/FEMA

Photograph: Courtesy Ryan J. Courtade/U.S. Navy

Photograph: Courtesy Ryan Courtade/U.S. Navy

Photograph: Courtesy Walt Jennings/FEMA

Entire areas of Staten Island were leveled.

Photograph: Courtesy Andrea Booher/FEMA

Howard Beach was underwater.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Pamela Andrade

The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel was closed for two weeks due to flooding.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Timothy Krause

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Timothy Krause

Photograph: Courtesy MTA

Soho was also hit hard.

Photograph: James D. Morgan/REX/Shutterstock

Sheepshead Bay was one of multiple Brooklyn neighborhoods that saw several feet of flooding.

Photograph: Shutterstock

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