It's now been three weeks since Hurricane Sandy pummeled the city with storm surges and massive flooding, leaving behind widespread power outages, transit woes, housing destruction and more problems we're going to be dealing with for a long time to come. Below, check out a roundup of the latest Sandy-related news, including another week of gas rationing, a look at some destroyed landmarks, and fatty MREs being given out to victims.
- Mayor Bloomberg announced that gas rationing will continue throughout the city until at least Thursday. "The odd-even license plate system has worked well and helped to reduce wait times and lines at the pump," Bloomberg said, adding he wanted to "ensure we do not risk going back to the extreme lines we saw prior to the system being implemented."
- As many as 250K cars were damaged during Sandy, and drivers are trying to figure out what to do now. "We have heard from dealers in the area that there is a growing need for people to replace damaged cars," David Hyatt, spokesman for the national dealers' trade group, told the Journal. "There has been an uptick in interest in new vehicles."
- Robert F. Kennedy Jr. visited the Rockaways, and called the conditions at certain NYCHA housing "distressing:" “There are little children eating on the floor and breathing in mold. This is the first place I’ve been where there are no resources,” said Kennedy.
- The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel will finally fully reopen for cars in time for your Monday morning commute.
- An underground vault owned by the Depository Trust and Clearing Corp. was flooded during Sandy, damaging 1.3 million bond and stock certificates—which means $70 billion in bearer bonds could be in jeopardy.
- The Post points out several NYC landmarks, areas and icons that were seriously damaged during Sandy, including the Old Orchard Shoal Lighthouse, Green-Wood Cemetery’s Angel and The Shore Theater sign in Coney Island.
- Turns out that those MREs being given out to Sandy victims are "stuffed with more salt and fat than a Big Mac and more sugar than a 21-ounce Coke."