Thousands of storm-damaged cars line the runway of the old Calverton military airfield on Eastern Long Island, New York. The vehicles were purchased by Insurance Auto Auctions for resale, and are moved around by a fleet of forklifts as they are sold and hauled away.
The cars were damaged during Hurricane Sandy, and now sprawl across two runways that stretch 2 and 3 kilometers (1.5 and 2 miles), respectively.
IAA is getting rid of the vehicles at bargain prices, such as $2,025 for what was once a nice 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Many need lots of costly repair work. The cars are being auctioned here in Calverton, elsewhere in New York and New Jersey and on-line. The rental agreement signed by the company and Riverhead town hall says more than 200,000 cars in nine New York counties were flooded by Sandy.
This photograph is part of a project that examines the global impact of rising sea levels, and the ways different countries and communities are engineering solutions to this growing problem.
- ©2013 George Steinmetz
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- Rising Seas