Floodwaters from hurricane Sandy produced a variety of challenges for inhabitants of New York and New Jersey. Some Staten Island houses were flooded “up to their attics and elsewhere seawater flooded subway and car tunnels. “The East River rose over South Street and flooded into Wall Street, where cars were inundated — and some appeared to be floating,” reported the New York Times.
Trees, uprooted by the wind and waterlogged soil, crushed cars, blocked streets, and damaged homes.
Power outages left many people and streets in the dark, forcing many to get their news from cellphones. But, cellphone towers can go down, too. So, don’t dump the battery-operated radio. Just be sure to keep a supply of fresh batteries.