10/18/2013 03:58 pm ET Updated Oct 18, 2013

New York City One Year After Sandy


Water met electricity on Oct. 29, 2012, and where it did, the results were disastrous. Houses in Breezy Point, Queens, burned down. Roosevelt Island nursing-home patients remained in the cold and dark for days. Transit halted. Cellphone towers died. Gasoline pumps failed.

Much of that misery can be traced to 8:30 p.m. that night, when 14-foot waves breached a Consolidated Edison substation along the East River, triggering a blinding explosion seen around the world on YouTube.
The flashes were part of a cascade of failures that knocked out power in the lower half of Manhattan, left 220,000 customers shivering in the dark for nearly a week and sparked a public debate about better preparing New York City for rising sea levels and erratic weather.

If another Superstorm Sandy were to swamp New York today, would we fare any better?

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