Bringing Hope: A Disaster Relief Journey

Excerpt from Chapter Twelve             Hurricane Sandy Arrives, 2012

On October 29th, it made landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey with winds of eighty miles per hour. There was a full moon that night which made the tides twenty percent higher than usual. Because of the higher tides, the storm surge of more than nine feet in some places, was much worse than expected. Streets were flooded, trees were uprooted, homes were destroyed, and power lines came down. The famous boardwalk and amusement park in New Jersey was torn apart. Fires started and more homes were destroyed. In Lower Manhattan, the seawalls were breached, which caused major floods. In turn, the saltwater floods destroyed the infrastructure of towering skyscrapers.

Hundreds of people died, thousands were left homeless, and millions were without power. People died in the states of Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Others also died in the Caribbean, Haiti, and Canada.