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Construction is predicted to spike following last month’s devastating hurricane. Sandy left behind tremendous flooding, property damage, and too many lives lost. Like many natural disasters that have plagued Americans over the years, Sandy has changed lives forever. Rebuilding after hurricane Sandy is estimated to take years, and cost billions of dollars. Nevertheless, it’s time to get up, wring out the water, and get to work rebuilding the northeastern United States; strengthening our infrastructure so that it withstands future natural disasters in the years and decades to come.
“It’s the most adverse way you ever want to see positive growth,” Tom Jeffery, chief hazard scientist for CoreLogic Inc. said in a telephone interview. “But a high percent of damaged properties are going to be repaired.” CoreLogic, a real estate information service based in Irvine, California, estimates that 95,000 homes valued at some $40 billion are located in the coastal areas hit hardest by Sandy, which drove a 14-foot surge of water over levees, under foundations and into basements.
Likewise, walls and floors in commercial structures and part of the transit system can be strengthened and cracks confined with the HJ3 Civil composite systems. The salt water is extremely corrosive to steel within the walls of this infrastructure, and can weaken exposed areas if not properly sealed and confined.
In addition to residential repairs in the coming months, some of the main areas of focus for construction will be installing flood gates at sewage plants, reinforcing underground water pipes and manholes, especially those that are part of New York City’s combined sewage system. A number of older U.S. communities in the area struck by Sandy sit atop antiquated plumbing that carries sewage, industrial wastewater and rainwater together to treatment plants. “As little as a quarter-inch of rain can be enough to overburden the multi-use pipes in New York City and trigger a CSO,” according to the clean water advocacy group Riverkeeper. HJ3’s CarbonSeal industrial composite systems  are used for the structural strengthening of pccp, and manholes so that they can withstand breaks due to overburdening on aging infrastructure.
Immediate losses due to Sandy’s horrific wind and water surge are even more devastating to a country trying to get back on its feet after the recent recession. However, people in the U.S.  know how to unite, organize and rebuild in times of tragedy. As our hearts and prayers go out to those who are suffering, we know a stronger, more resilient people and infrastructure will emerge.
Hurricane Sandy Floods Streets
 Streets remain flooded after Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in Ocean City, New Jersey. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Homeowner Sweeps Out Water From Hurricane Sandy
This homeowner in New York’s Lower East Side, cleans up after hurricane Sandy Oct. 31. (Amal Chen/The Epoch Times)
 The Stronghold residential composite systems prevent walls from further bowing and confine cracks)
 HJ3’s CarbonSeal systems structurally strengthen underground pipes and manholes preventing breaks or collapse

 

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