A year after Hurricane Sandy devastated Long Island, the city is still trying to find some sort of “human footprint” of the devastation.
“It’s hard to find any trace of this devastation in any of the photographs I’ve seen,” says Daniele Fassetti, a Long Island native and Long Island resident who’s been photographing the city’s aftermath for the past year.
The city has been working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to create a comprehensive map of its destroyed homes, and has begun to collect and upload it.
As Fassetti points out, there are a few key areas that the city needs to improve, including mapping the area where it’s been evacuated and identifying the exact areas that residents were able to return to their homes.
The goal of this project is to provide a human footprint for Long Island that’s as close to complete as possible, Fassettsi says.
“If we could do it, we’d have it on the internet.”
In a city that was home to hundreds of millions of people during the Superstorm Sandy, Fessettsi is hoping that his project can be a step in the right direction.
“There are a lot of things we could have done to prevent the disaster, but we didn’t,” Fassitti says of his effort to get the maps to Long Island.
“So we wanted to make sure that we could go back and see what happened.”
This story was updated at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 29 to include comments from the mayor.