Five years ago this weekend, Superstorm Sandy arrived in the New York metropolitan area. It made landfall on October 29, 2012, and caused widespread flooding and property damage across the city. Half a decade later, New York is still repairing the destruction caused by the storm.
The scope of the destruction left in Sandy’s wake is hard to grasp. The storm caused an estimated $19 billion in damage in New York City alone, and the nearby Jersey Shore was demolished as well. These 15 images paint a harrowing picture of the rough shape the city found itself in half a decade ago.