Special coverage from Eyewitness News marking 10 years since Superstorm Sandy
NEW YORK (WABC) -- Eyewitness News is taking a look at some of the lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy after the storm served as a wake-up call, showing us how vulnerable we really are.
It's been 10 years since the flooding, the fires and the loss -- but it has also been a decade of rebuilding and making sure we are ready for the next superstorm.
We are looking back at some of the most memorable moments from a decade ago, but we are also looking forward.
Meteorologist Lee Goldberg guided us through the storm 10 years ago, and now he's looking at how prepared we are for the next superstorm.
He reports from Staten Island:
Communities on Long Island's coastline were hit hard by Sandy.
In Suffolk County, the storm surge breached Fire Island where FEMA regulations now require new homes must be at least 18 feet higher along the water.
Meanwhile, in Nassau County, Long Beach suffered extreme damage. N.J. Burkett was there 10 years ago and returned to see how people have rebuilt.
In New Jersey, there has been a growing debate along the shore: to build or not to build sand dunes.
The fight got so heated in some communities that eminent domain is being used to obtain private property.
Anthony Johnson, who rode out the storm in Long Branch 10 years ago, is taking a further look.
"People got along during Superstorm Sandy." We heard that a lot this week. Lots of examples of that, including a high-profile one. The Republican governor of New Jersey at the time, Chris Christie, asked for help from the highest level of the federal government, President Obama, a Democrat. An interview with Christie, now an ABC political consultant, talked about Sandy and politics.
Some of the worst damage from Superstorm Sandy happened in the beach communities of Queens, including Rockaway and Breezy Point.
Massive amounts of water flooded inland and came into contact with electrical power systems.
It resulted in hundreds of fires that lit up the night. Many homes were damaged or destroyed -- more than 120 were leveled in Breezy Point alone.
Anchors Bill Ritter and Sade Baderinwa returned to Breezy Point to talk to the people who saved lives, and the people whose lives were turned upside down:
Some of the most frightening images on the night Sandy hit were outside NYU Langone.
The hospital lost power and was evacuated, and among the patients were newborn babies that had to be delicately taken out.
Kemberly Richardson was there 10 years ago and spoke to some of the families involved -- including one of the children.