South Ferry subway station flooded after Sandy. Image: Flickr/MTA
It has been five years since Superstorm Sandy devastated homes and buildings across New York, and the city has been in the process of repairing itself ever since. Along with rebuilding the homes that were affected by the storm, new developments have continued to pop up in vulnerable flood zones. More than 85 percent of 8,300 homes (that each house one to four families) have completed the city’s Build It Back program, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in a report this week. Build It Back began in 2013, following the 2012 storm, and helps to start construction, reimburse homeowner or landlord repairs, or facilitate home acquisition.