Sandy by the Numbers

By Kristen Meriwether
Kristen Meriwether
Kristen Meriwether
October 25, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015


43 deaths in New York City, 23 of them on Staten Island

443,000 New Yorkers living in parts of the city that flooded

90,000 buildings, 300,000 homes, and 23,400 businesses in flooded areas

6,500 patients evacuated from hospitals and nursing homes

Nearly 2 million without power

11 million travelers affected daily

1.1 million New York City children unable to attend school for a week

20,000 street and park trees damaged or downed


$19 billion in damage in New York City

$50 billion in damage in the United States

City beaches lost 3 million cubic yards of sand, 1.5 million cubic yards on Rockaway Peninsula alone

70,000 housing units registered with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for repairs

Nearly 800 buildings were tagged structurally damaged or destroyed

Source: “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” a roadmap for a sustainable 21st century New York, produced by the mayor’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency

Kristen Meriwether