Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on multiple cities across the East Coast this week, leaving millions without power and resulting in incalculable flooding and storm damage, devastating New York City and New Jersey — the hardest hit areas where millions of people remain combating the storm’s effects and coping with a lack of electricity.
UR’s River Campus, however, came out of the storm with relatively minor damage, suffering primarily from minor leaking and some felled trees near Fauver Stadium, Meliora Hall and the Susan B. Anthony Residence Halls, according to Director of River Campus Facilities Jeff Foster.
As a result of the 55 plus mile-per-hour wind gusts, a door on O’Brien Hall was blown off its hinges, Foster said. A temporary door has been installed, and a replacement has been ordered.
“I would expect about a three to four week delivery and installation of the new door,” Foster said, adding that the building is still secure, because the locks are on the inner set of doors.
A large pine tree fell near Sue B., obstructing the sidewalk on the pathway toward Phase. Foster said that crews were working on removing it Wednesday. He expects it to be gone and the area to be restored by the end of the week.
The highest inland gust of 55 miles per hour was recorded at the Greater Rochester International Airport on Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service. The majority of the storm had passed through Rochester by early Tuesday morning, but on Wednesday morning, 10,428 customers across seven counties were still without power, according to Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. Electricity was expected to be restored to many by later Wednesday afternoon, according to the Democrat & Chronicle. On Tuesday, about 2.1 million people lacked power statewide, including 943,924 on Long Island and 792,936 in New York City and Westchester County.
Some estimates put the total economic damage of Sandy to be between $10 and $20 billion,with between $5 and $10 billion in insured losses, USA Today reported.
According to the D&C, the worst damage locally was in areas along the Lake Ontario shoreline, but no fatalities, injuries or significant flooding were reported.