Six months after Sandy: Mold and 11 billion gallons of sewage

New York's Rockaways Continue Recovery As House Votes On Sandy Aid Package

It’s another unpleasant outcome of Hurricane Sandy.

The hurricane caused 11 billion gallons of sewage to overflow into rivers, lakes and other waterways, according to a new report today.

Climate change group Climate Central reported that 32 percent was untreated sewage.

The spill is equivalent to Central Park being stacked 41 feet high with sewage — and 50 times the BP oil spill, the group said.

Climate Central said the overflow shows the danger of structures not being able to handle higher waters.

“Our sewage infrastructure isn’t built to withstand such surges, and we are putting our property, safety and lives at risk if we don’t adequately plan for these challenges,” said the report’s author, Dr. Alyson Kenward.

Today is the six-month anniversary of the hurricane, and people rallied outside City Hall to say they still don’t have enough housing and too many homes face untreated mold.

The Alliance for a Just Rebuilding appeared with union workers and people from groups like New York Communities for Change and Make the Road New York.

Many are still without housing as a city program is scheduled to end tomorrow.

And Staten Island resident Alison Puglisi said many houses are wrecked by mold, which she worried would only get worse as the weather warms.

“The city must do more to help us get rid of mold now in homes damaged by Sandy,” she said.

Council members also announced legislation to track how the recovery funding is spent.


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