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Contact: Charles Markis, 718-354-4530, #238
Gateway presents "Hurricane Sandy: Before and After," a photo exhibit (Web-exhibit; BIG file; takes a while to load, be patient) featuring the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the park. The exhibit will open from 3-5 P.M. on Sunday, January 27 at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Queens. The exhibit compares large scale satellite images from before the hurricane and photos taken afterward by National Park Service (NPS) employees so that the public can assess the damage to the park.
"While these pictures demonstrate damage, the take-away message should not be one of doom and gloom, but rather one of resilience," stated Superintendent Linda Canzanelli. "There is still a lot of work to do and some things have changed forever. But the park is reopening, the natural areas will rebound and park visitors will be welcomed back."
Post-storm photos were taken by NPS employees as part of the recovery effort. The large format-almost two by three feet-reveals the storm's destruction in great detail. Some of the most dramatic images are aerial shots taken from helicopters used by the team to survey the park.
Just a few days after the storm, an NPS Incident Management Team began to assess, stabilize and remediate damaged areas of national parks in New York Harbor and Long Island. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 1,000 Federal workers from Alaska to Puerto Rico participated in the stabilization process. They documented damage, provided safety measures, moved sand, cleared roads, removed trees and began remediation as appropriate in the largest incident response in National Park Service history.
The exhibit will be on display for the next several months in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, located at 100 Cross Bay Boulevard in Queens. The Visitor Center is open daily, free of charge, from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.