East Coast Picks Up the Pieces

A look at how the recovery effort is progressing

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 31, 2012 7:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – Hurricane Sandy's fingerprints are still all over the Northeastern US—particularly in New York and New Jersey—but the region began slowly churning back to life today. Here's the latest on the recovery:

  • New York City's subway is still waterlogged, but buses are expected to be out in full force by rush hour, and running free of charge, the New York Times reports. There will also be 4,000 cabs on the streets implementing a ride-sharing program. The Brooklyn Bridge has reopened. Food trucks are rolling to try to restock empty grocery shelves, the New York Post adds.
  • The New York Stock Exchange will also reopen today, and says it expects to be "fully operational," the Wall Street Journal reports. The NASDAQ and bond markets will do likewise.

  • More than half of New Jersey is still without power, and the state is asking residents to conserve water. National Guard troops have arrived in Hoboken with high-wheeled vehicles, to bring supplies to or help evacuate the thousands trapped in their homes there, the Star-Ledger reports.
  • Kennedy and Newark airports are open for business again, but it's unclear how many carriers will actually have flights running, and LaGuardia remains closed, CBS News reports, adding that most major East Coast airports, like Washington's Reagan National, are mostly deserted.
  • Amtrak is restoring a good amount of its East Coast service, the AP reports, with modified service between Newark and points south, including Virginia and Pennsylvania.
  • In Connecticut, the AP found people returning to inspect their homes via kayak and canoe. "The uncertainty is the worst," said one woman who might not be able to get inside for a week. "Even if we had damage, you just want to be able to do something. We can't even get started."

Marcus Konner, 22, boards his home in the aftermath of a storm surge from Hurricane Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Coney Island's Sea Gate community in New York.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
The tailend of a SUV is perched on top of a postal mailbox in the aftermath of floods from Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Coney Island, NY.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Deputy Cliff Tice of the Dare County Sheriff's Department walks down damaged and impassable NC 12 leading into Mirlo Beach in Rodanthe, NC, Oct. 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)
A flood damaged vehicle is surrounded by debris in Mirlo Beach in Rodanthe, N.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)
Carol Mason mops her flooded floor with towels after returning to her home in Atlantic City, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A police officer watch as a passerby look into a store through a damaged security grate, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 30, 2012, on Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island, NY.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Vladimir Gindin carries his dog while clearing debris from his car, which floated onto a sidewalk with other vehicles during floods from Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 30, 2012, in Coney Island, New York City.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Onlookers take photographs of two cars that collided during flooding outside the Consolidated Edison power sub-station on 14th Street, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York.   (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)
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