Hurricane Sandy has left New York City, and now begins the long, painful process of surveying the extensive damage. MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said that in the 108 years of subway operation, the system "has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night." Seven tunnels under the East River flooded, and the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel is flooded end-to-end. There is no timetable yet for service recovery. High winds ripped hundreds of trees up, and the Times reported that Lower Manhattan and Red Hook saw some of the worst flooding. But perhaps the most devastation happened in the Rockaways, where 50 homes in Breezy Point were destroyed in a six-alarm blaze. If you have photos and/or stories of Sandy's aftermath, the tipline is open.
· Statement from MTA Chairman Joe Lhota [mta.info]
· Power Failures and Furious Flooding Overwhelm Lower Manhattan and Red Hook [NYT]
· Hurricane Sandy coverage [Curbed]