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In Sandy’s Wake

Revelation and Resilience After the Superstorm

Ten years ago, Superstorm Sandy rocked the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Florida, destroying homes, flooding communities, and taking lives. Its aftermath revealed the vulnerability and challenged the viability of coastal communities. But in Sandy’s wake, Rutgers led the search for solutions.

Morning view from the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk

The Forecast

Combatting climate change remains one of our greatest challenges. Rutgers experts break down the policies, infrastructure changes, social justice reforms, and other essential work that lies ahead.

The Forecast

Combatting climate change remains one of our greatest challenges. Rutgers experts break down the policies, infrastructure changes, social justice reforms, and other essential work that lies ahead.

Co-Director, Rutgers Climate Institute

"The reality is: some of the changes at the Jersey Shore have made our communities resilient but others have not."

Assistant Extension Specialist, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

"Sandy and subsequent storms have highlighted that while we must increase the resiliency of coastal infrastructure in preparation for future storms, we also must increase our capacity to successfully evacuate coastal populations."

Associate Director, Rutgers Climate Institute

"We must systematically integrate scientific data into planning and where we invest public resources to prevent climate impacts."

Co-Director, Rutgers Climate Institute

"In some respects, Sandy 'cleared the deck' for re-development in coastal New Jersey but ensuring the new development is accessible and affordable is a critical challenge."

Executive Director, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center

"We can only hope the infrastructure progress made improves outcomes the next time disaster comes our way."

Executive Director, Environmental Analysis and Communications Group

"Ensure equitable access to the conditions that allow all of us to lead happy and healthy lives and we will build resilience for generations to come."

Co-Director, University Office of Climate Action

"Climate is changing, and the ocean is rising. High tide floods that occurred every year or two in the 1950s are likely to occur several dozens of weeks per year by 2050."

New Jersey State Climatologist

"Despite improvements in forecasting and awareness of what storms may bring, we need improved public messaging when the time comes to heed warnings and remain out of harm’s way."

Revisiting the Devastation

Members of the Rutgers community personally experienced the impact of Superstorm Sandy all across New Jersey. Take a look back at images of the intense damage and inspiring recovery shared by faculty, staff, and others.

Observers stand on the bridge in Mantoloking, where Superstorm Sandy caused severe damage and formed an inlet from the ocean to the bay.

Kenneth Miller

A plane pulling a "Jersey Strong" banner flies over Seaside Heights after Superstorm Sandy.

Travis Miles

The Star Jet roller coaster at Seaside Heights' Casino Pier was swept into the ocean during Superstorm Sandy.

Travis Miles

Tropical storm-force winds from Superstorm Sandy smacked the Jersey Shore, toppling houses and tearing apart structures.

Travis Miles

Superstorm Sandy caused more than 70 deaths and $65 billion in damage throughout the U.S.

Travis Miles

Murky flood water from Superstorm Sandy fills the streets of Hoboken.

Zach Hosseini

Flood water from Superstorm Sandy gushed into ground-level residences in Hoboken.

Zach Hosseini

Grocery stores and other businesses in Hoboken were forced to close after Superstorm Sandy.

Zach Hosseini

Hoboken residents attempt to drive through flooded streets after Superstorm Sandy.

Zach Hosseini

The municipal beach parking lot in the shore town of Sea Bright served as a staging area for cleanup and recovery efforts.

Jenny Noonan

Superstorm Sandy swept a mountain of sand into the shore town of Sea Bright. Crews spent months moving it back to the beach.

Jenny Noonan

Residents discuss the damage after Superstorm Sandy swept boats into homes and businesses along Sandy Hook Bay in Highlands.

Michelle Cody

Trees and debris littered yards in Highlands after Superstorm Sandy.

Michelle Cody

The National Guard answered the call to aid in the response to Superstorm Sandy in Highlands and many other towns along the shore.

Michelle Cody

Flood water fills streets, homes and businesses along Sandy Hook Bay in Highlands after Superstorm Sandy.

Michelle Cody