When Superstorm Sandy made landfall on the US east coast on October 29, 2012, water washed over Fire Island, just off Long Island, New York. The water rapidly eroded the barrier island and opened a breach into Bellport Bay. Photo by Charles Flagg In the aftermath of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, Mike Bilecki, a natural resource manager for the US National Park Service, went down to the marina in Bellport, New York, to get a sense of the damage. It didn’t seem like much, honestly—Bellport had been largely spared. But just when Bilecki turned to leave, he spotted something on the horizon. “It looked like there was a part of the island missing,” Bilecki says. Four kilometers from where he stood, out across Bellport Bay, Sandy had blasted a swath through Fire Island. Six years ago today, Sandy made landfall on the east coast, causing more than US $60-billion in damage and cutting power to eight million homes from North Carolina to the Canadian border. Come January 2013, thousands of residents in New York State still lacked heat. And in Bellport, a small town on the south shore of Long Island, about 80 kilometers east of Manhattan, Sandy had punched […]

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