Sandy 10/29/12

Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, and the second-costliest hurricane in United States history. Classified as the eighteenth named storm, tenth hurricane and second major hurricane of the year, Sandy was a Category 3 storm at its peak intensity when it made landfall in Cuba. While it was a Category 2 storm off the coast of the Northeastern United States, the storm became the largest Atlantic hurricane on record. Estimates as of 2015 assessed damage to have been about $75 billion, a total surpassed only by Hurricane Katrina. At least 233 people were killed along the path of the storm in eight countries.

On October 29, 2012 Superstorm Sandy struck the east coast and devastated Toms River. The storm surge, flooding and wind destroyed or severely damaged many homes and utilities in our primary response area. Silverton Fire Company had to coordinate an emergency response of this magnitude. Many residents had to be evacuated and rescued from their homes. Thousands of residents were without power for an extended period of time and many roads were not passable. After sustaining tremendous damage, these areas were shut down and a command center was opened. All Silverton Fire Company Members worked long hours in the days following the storm with mutual aid from our sister company’s and many firefighters that we met for the 1st time. Many members of Silverton Fire Company suffered severe damage to their own homes while they worked to help others. The rebuilding efforts are ongoing in the years following the storm and is on going today.