Victims of the storm system Sandy, which was downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane shortly before reaching landfall, are working diligently to try and put their lives back together. For some, it's a matter of clean up and waiting for public services to be restored. For others, it's finding a way to cope with the loss of a home or loved one.
According to New York Governor Cuomo's website, just under 400,000 New Yorkers are still without power as of 3 p.m. on Nov. 6. The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability's 10 a.m. Nov. 6 report list New Jersey with over half of a million customer's still without power, 14 percent of all customers. In total, over 970,000 in six states are without power as a result of Sandy, with power to over 7 million customers having been restored.
Last week, for the first time in the history of New York City's subway system, every tunnel was flooded. Now, Cuomo is reporting that 80 percent of the subway system has been restored, as of Nov. 3. The connection between Brooklyn and Manhattan is once again restored, which is a huge relief to many commuters who have struggled with their work day commutes since Sandy made landfall. The Metropolitan Transit Authority lists all but one subway line as in service. The Hugh L. Carey and the Queens Midtown bridges still have suspended service, as does the Long Beach rail of the Long Island Railroad. All bus routes are now operating, though all are listed as either having service changes or delays.
The Humane Society of the United States still has over 100 pets in emergency shelters looking to be fostered or returned to their families. Shelters all over Sandy's disaster zones are in need of volunteers and supplies to take care of displaced animals. HSUS has already had to move one of its shelters to a larger location to accommodate the numbers of pets being brought in.
HSUS worker provides water to a dog being rescued that spent days tied to a fence following Sandy. Photo by Lisa J. Godfrey/HSUS
The Red Cross has thousands of volunteers working to hand out food and water, as well as providing shelter and medical care to those who need it in Sandy's wake. Rescue vehicles have been transporting victims unable to leave on their own to one of their 53,000 emergency shelters. Sandy caused the cancellation of nearly 400 blood drives in the area, so blood donations, and well as monetary donations to continue providing services to those in need are critical right now.
President Obama meets with Red Cross workers following Sandy. Photo by Dell Inc.
Sadly, tens of thousands of people in just New York City are without homes. The United States death toll has climbed to 111 people. Over 70 are dead in the Caribbean as a result of the storm. More than 50 of those deaths are in Haiti alone, with more fatalities expected as cholera spreads through flood waters.
A lot of progress has been made on the East Coast so far, but there is still a lot more work to do. Considering donating your time or money to a reliable organization that is helping those in need in the aftermath of this storm. Keep up to date with the impending nor'easter that is set to hit the region this week.