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Hurricane Sandy damage map of Mantoloking

By Anthony on November 1, 2012 1:22 AM | Comments (3)

Here is an unofficial map I have been working on. If you can help with any info please let me know.



This (unofficial!) map marks houses that appear to be destroyed or damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The triangle with the exclamation point means the structure appears severely damaged or washed away completely. The houses with question marks mean that damage is visible. This information is based on pictures and video that has been posted online. All homes are assumed to have at least some flood damage.

Update (Nov. 3): I am also now using the Google crisis map located here for comparison information (the initial was mostly from ground level photos and video), as well as the Bing.com Bird's Eye view (if you are not familiar with that check it out - may be a better product than Google maps, at least for detail). Street numbers are coming from Zillow.com (I may eventually add a property damage assessment based on their real estate values also).

News from Mantoloking today was that there are over 100 homes completely destroyed in the borough.

Update (Nov. 5): Looking at photos taken from a helicopter on Sunday the 4th, it is pretty evident that many homes that seem to have intact rooflines and that I mention on the map as having little damage may actually be in much worse shape. There are details in these photos that I just have not seen before from the fly by videos and satellite images. The new photos are here.

Update (Nov. 15): Well, I don't think I will be updating the map again. There are more resources available now, and I think all the Red or compromised houses have been marked. If you house is not marked, it is most likely in the Green category (but again - please don't make any decisions or assumptions about your property based on this map - it could be wrong!).

Here are some more resources to stay up to date:

Sandy in Mantoloking - aerial photos from the Western Carolina University Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines. Just about every home in town can be seen in these photos.

Borough of Mantoloking website: They are posting updates every day. I am a little surprised to read that this decision has apparently already been made:

The Army Corps is directing State contractors to "return Mantoloking to pre-Sandy condition."

I was actually sort of hoping that there would at least be a dialogue about what is a responsible and environmentally sound way to go forward - that there would perhaps be some new studies and alternate plans proposed - but it seems that the directive is to return to the status quo.

And they have the final list of assessed homes.

Austerity Fever

By Anthony on May 6, 2012 1:48 PM

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Good one

By Anthony on February 11, 2012 1:09 AM

Krugman hits one out of the park:

But this argument applies just as much to the rich as to the poor. And strange to say, you never do find conservatives arguing that we shouldn't worry about higher tax rates on the rich, because they'll just work harder to be able to afford those luxury goods; or that a higher inheritance tax probably expands work effort, because it would force the Paris Hiltons of this world to go out and get real jobs.

Funny how that works.

"That's not envy, that's math."

By Anthony on January 12, 2012 7:41 PM

Best line of the young New Year so far goes to Matthew Yglesias (writing about Mitt Romney):

There's a sense that a lot of us have that our public policy ought to be aiming to produce large gains for everyone. You often hear that for one reason or another the United States "can't afford" this or that. We "can't afford" to pay people Social Security benefits. We "can't afford" to build high-speed trains. We "can't afford" to give everyone early childhood education. But why can't we afford this stuff? Are we a poor country? No, we're not. We're one of the richest countries that's ever existed. Are we a poorer country than we used to be? No, we're not. But a very large share of the gains we've made over the past three decades have gone to a relatively small number of people. If the gains had been broadly shared, then the burden of paying for that basic infrastructure and public services would have to be very broadly shared. But the gains have been very concentrated, and so if we're going to afford that stuff, a large share of the revenue has to come from the people who've gotten the money.


That's not envy, that's math.

This is alarming -

By Anthony on December 19, 2011 5:03 PM

Calling out bullshit

By Anthony on December 8, 2011 10:49 AM

Jamie Dimon recently:

"Acting like everyone who's been successful is bad and that everyone who is rich is bad -- I just don't get it,"

This is not what "everyone", let alone anyone is saying. What they are saying is that rich people are not paying taxes at the same rate as most other people, for many reasons. Defending yourself or your industry in this way makes you look like a petulant ass.

I didn't know who Dimon was until 2008, and when I first saw him on TV when the crisis started he seemed like one guy who sort of got it. But he isn't. They (the bankers) can not see themselves from the outside, and why would they want to? It is hard to look at yourself honestly - but when your a complete disaster it is even worse.

Open Hardware

By Anthony on April 18, 2011 4:52 PM

It actually isn't funny

By Anthony on November 18, 2010 11:43 AM | Comments (1)
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I don't watch TV really (only clips on the web), so I don't know whether and how a lot of this stuff is reported in the mainstream media (if that term even applies anymore). But I have a feeling that most people just really have no idea what has happened in the last few years, or if they care.

Shanghai

By Anthony on May 10, 2010 2:26 PM

So it looks like I will be going to Shanghai with some friends from Florence. I started a blog about it where I am going to note all my planning and then report for the 2 weeks I am there: Two Weeks In Shanghai

ZOMG!

By Anthony on April 30, 2010 6:18 PM

Holy crap time for my monthly post... where does the time go? A very busy month I guess, mostly with work. We are stretched too thin around here. Can't believe it is almost May and another school year is almost over. That's all I got - :)

Art

By Anthony on December 10, 2009 9:31 PM

Not sure what finally possessed me to do this, but I starting putting some work up the Saatchi site - Anthony Finta. So I am out - I am an artist.

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