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The Story Of Superstorm Sandy Through The Eyes Of NYC's Digital First Responders

Superstorm Sandy struck New York on October 29th, 2012. Six months later, the city’s digital first responders recall how they sprang into action, quickly disseminating information and helping to save lives.

  • <p>Superstorm Sandy created havoc and destruction throughout New York and New Jersey. Perhaps most emblematic was <a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680828/a-look-inside-new-yorks-underwater-subways" target="_self">the closure of most of New York’s iconic subway system, rendered inoperable by floodwater. </a></p>
  • <p>See <a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680828/a-look-inside-new-yorks-underwater-subways" target="_self"> more of the photos of the damage to the train system here</a>.</p>
  • <p>The power losses that resulted from a flooded power station <a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680836/whats-really-happening-in-blacked-out-manhattan" target="_self">left half the city in total darkness.</a></p>
  • <p>In that darkness, many poor, disabled, and elderly people struggled to survive. We <a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680836/whats-really-happening-in-blacked-out-manhattan" target="_self">wrote about the people who were venturing into the city’s projects to help.</a></p>
  • <p>Photographer Phillip Van <a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680885/making-beauty-out-of-sandy-the-eerie-quiet-of-new-york-without-power" target="_self">documented the eerie--but shockingly beautiful--city without lights</a>.</p>
  • <p>The <a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680885/making-beauty-out-of-sandy-the-eerie-quiet-of-new-york-without-power" target="_self">occasional flickering of a candle was the only thing that interrupted the darkness in lower Manhattan</a>.</p>
  • <p>The MTA <a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680851/a-look-inside-the-heroic-cleanup-effort-in-new-yorks-subways" target="_self">undertook a massive project to drain the subways and get them back online</a>.</p>
  • <p>They eventually had to remove <a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680851/a-look-inside-the-heroic-cleanup-effort-in-new-yorks-subways" target="_self">hundreds of millions of gallons of water before the system could be fully restored</a>.</p>
  • <p>These photos, <a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680903/the-amazing-aerial-photos-of-sandys-destruction-that-are-helping-rebuild-the-region" target="_self">captured by plane and used by the state to assess the damage and alert first responders, give a sense of the immense amount of damage</a>. This is a before picture of Seaside Heights, New Jersey.</p>
  • <p>Seaside Heights, New Jersey, After.</p>
  • <p>Breezy Point, New York: Before</p>
  • <p>Breezy Point, New York: After. <a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680903/the-amazing-aerial-photos-of-sandys-destruction-that-are-helping-rebuild-the-region" target="_self">See more of these amazing aerial photos of the damage here</a>.</p>
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Slideshow Credits: 01 / MTA; 03 / MTA; 06 / Phillip Van; 07 / Phillip Van; 09 / MTA; 10 / MTA; 11 / MTA; 12 / Pictometry; 13 / Pictometry; 14 / Pictometry; 15 / Pictometry.;

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