Sandy: the cleanup begins – UPDATED

After Sandy ravaged the east coast of the United States sending ripple effects throughout the country, (and this website, sorry about the outage!) cleanup is now front of mind for everyone living in the states effected. We’ve assembled here some of the aftermath footage and information about how to send alerts to emergency responders online. Emergency 911 numbers are still being inundated please do not call unless you have a legitimate emergency. Downed power lines and trees should be reported through your local non-emergency 311 service.


  • In Washington DC limited metro service will be back online today, running on a Sunday schedule.
  • In New Jersey, transit operations including many smaller roadways are closed until further notice, during a press conference mid morning today, Governor Christie indicated it could be 7-10 days before PATH Trains into Manhattan are restored due to flooding.
  • In New York City and the outer boroughs, public transit is suspended until further notice following significant flooding and power outages. All bridges are now open as of 1pm EST. Limited bus services will be restored and will run free of charge after 5pm tonight.
  • In Connecticut, metro north trains and public transit is also suspended until further notice.

Newsday is providing live updates of the recovery in Long Island, the situation throughout the island is fairly grim with reports of flooding, downed trees and power lines.

Power Outages:

  • ConEd in New York has said they expect that much of the power in Manhattan and Brooklyn will be restored within 4 days, service in Westchester and further into Long Island may take as long as a week before power is restored.
  • Connecticut and New Jersey power outages may take one week to ten days to be restored, potentially longer in heavily damaged areas.

New York City public schools will remain closed tomorrow. The NYSE and NASDAQ market sites will reopen.

The New York Office of Emergency Management is providing twitter updates with pertinent phone numbers and disaster notifications.

CNN has provided a state by state recap of the toll so far.

20,000 employees have been affected at financial firm Morgan Stanley, a story that is much the same for employers and employees throughout the region. In a recent press conference New Jersey Governor Chris Christie asked employers to be flexible saying, “unless you can identify a safe route for your employees to get to work, please let them stay home.”

Genscape, an energy refinery data provider has opened up its refinery data showing overall load on refining systems after the storm. You can read their live blog here.

This video from Staten Island, New York shows some of the unprecedented and massive damage experienced by communities in the path of the storm:

Google has a real time impact map that covers the whole region, check it out here: