A Case Study on Hurricane Sandy: FEMA Funded Rehabilitation/Reconstruction at Designated Locations between Beach 127 and Beach 149 Street

  • 2016

A Case Study on Hurricane Sandy: FEMA Funded Rehabilitation/Reconstruction at Designated Locations between Beach 127 and Beach 149 Street

Author:
Charles Airebamen
Abstract:

The case study provides both engineering technical information and an examination of the construction project management technique utilization, in relation to what was learnt at Norwich University, the lessons learned as a result of the Hurricane Sandy devastation, some salient facts about Hurricane Sandy and its impacts, and responses and mitigation of future occurrences. Hurricane Sandy, also referred to as super-storm Sandy, was unprecedented in scale and impact on the urban cluster comprised of New York City and the surrounding metro areas in addition to numerous coastal communities along the New Jersey and New York coasts. The storm exposed the fragility of our modern urban infrastructure and highlighted the vulnerability of this infrastructure to a potentially new norm of extreme events. The storm caused severe coastal damage, as well as major flooding that disrupted normal life in a number of communities as well as the business activities in Lower Manhattan, the financial capital of the world. The flooding, for the first time, affected numerous underground subways and roadways that further amplified the impact of the storm. The storm has raised awareness of issues associated with climate challenge, sea level rise and challenges we face as engineers and as a society in enhancing the resiliency of our infrastructure to rapidly recover from such an extreme natural event.