Today marks the one year anniversary of superstorm Sandy, a monstrous hurricane that left portions of the East Coast and one of the nation’s largest cities in complete shreds. With unimaginable force, this storm merged with a second storm and mutated into a dangerous monster. In the year since Sandy blew through the East Coast, meteorologists have poured over forecasts, satellite photos, computer models, and even the physical damage to try to get a sense of what made Sandy the demon it was.
Hurricane Sandy displaced thousands of residents and left states like New Jersey and New York in a virtual state of chaos. Cities across portions of the East Coast suffered electrical outages for days and dwellings were seen ripped apart and/or under water as rescue efforts began to make there way to this area. Known as one of the worst storms to ever hit the United States, Sandy proved to be a weapon of weather leaving devastation no forecaster could have predicted.
From the moment that Sandy hit, IAS Claim Services business unit, CatCREW and its independent claims adjusters, got to work! From personal property to large commercial lines, CatCREW worked tirelessly to expedite the process of rebuilding.
The image below highlights the areas where IAS’ deployment team went to work on Hurricane Sandy and attended to its aftermath.
Highlights are as follows:
- Adjusted catastrophe claims in seven states
- Largest claim – $5 million – over 900 locations
- Average claim: $21,707
- Included claims with business interruption exposure
There is hope, however, in the midst of a one-year cleanup effort that is still in progress. Here are some images from a year ago to today featuring the repair and rebuilding process taking place in the areas worst hit.
The parking lot of Jacob Riis Park in the Rockaway section of Queens on Nov. 14, 2012 and Oct. 17, 2013.
The photos show construction equipment working on debris collected during the cleanup from Superstorm Sandy and the empty lot almost a year later. (Source: PropertyCasualty360)
U.S. flags at Camp Osborn in Brick, N.J. on April 25, 2013 and Oct. 13, 2013. The photos show the burned remains of more than 60 small bungalows that were destroyed during Superstorm Sandy.
Six months after the storm, the remains were still untouched. Today, the lot has been cleared. (Source: PropertyCasualty360)
Charred remains in Breezy Point, N.Y. on Oct. 30, 2012 and the same spot on Oct. 21, 2013. Laura and Robert Connolly (featured on the October 2013 cover of NUPC) survey the remains of her parents’ home that burned to the ground during Superstorm Sandy.
Today, new homes are under construction in the seaside community. (Source: PropertyCasualty360)
A bridge in Mantaloking, N.J. on Oct. 30, 2012 and Oct. 22, 2013.
Brian Hajeski of Brick, N.J. stands on the bridge on the morning after Superstorm Sandy rolled through and at the same site nearly a year later. (Source: PropertyCasualty360)
Fire damage in Breezy Point on Oct. 30, 2012 and Oct. 15, 2013.
A fire burned down homes in Breezy Point in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. One year later, the site has been cleared. (Source: PropertyCasualty360)
Needless to say, we take today to honor the brave men and women who fought through the storm of all storms one year ago and remember the commitment IAS Claim Services made to expedite claims and the rebuilding process for those affected.