According to the most recent estimates, Hurricane Sandy inflicted upwards of $60 billion in damage to the Northeast when it hit last October – one of the most destructive storms in history. In addition to the life and property losses, officials believe that more than 200,000 vehicles in the New York area alone were damaged by water from storm surges, flooding and rain.

Parked on the tarmac, taxiways and runways 14/32 and 5/23 at Calverton Executive Airpark in Riverhead, NY, are 15,000 of those vehicles – representing just a small portion of the total affected – awaiting their fate. The water didn't distinguish between make or model, raging its destruction on everything in its path, regardless of sticker price. According to officials, the least damaged cars and trucks will be sold at auction to the highest bidder and most will be repaired and registered again (understandably with a "flood" warning on the title, buyer beware). Those with more significant damage will be picked for parts or scrapped.

As you click through the pictures, keep in mind that the runways covered in vehicles are large enough to handle heavy commercial traffic (the first is 10,000 feet long and the second is 7,000 feet in length, both are 200 feet wide). It truly is a somber sight.


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      rjsst
      • 1 Year Ago
      something tell me i will end up with one of these low mileage one owner vehicles in my garage
      yellowberry3535
      • 1 Year Ago
      sea water in the block? its a wrap, scrap it and call it a day!
      jww501217
      • 1 Year Ago
      They SHOULD NOT be able to sell these cars. They should be sent to the junk yards and crushed to be recycled. NO ONE should be able to buy them to resell.
      rexoncompinc
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is it so impossible for people and companies to do the right thing! It just seems like you can't trust anything any longer. These types of Cars need to be totaled and made sure they are off the market, period. You want the money for it...........bring it to the dump or wherever and get a receipt that the car is history and off the market. Before you can collect the money for it and only with the receipt it has been deposed of for good.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 2 Years Ago
      Greetings from Jersey. My Subaru WrX STi was parked in a friend's garage when Sandy hit. It, along with my friend's Mustang, was totaled. Any condolences for me?
        Dennis Kfc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        too lazy to shift on your own? then yes you should get an evo with dsg
      vlady1000
      • 1 Year Ago
      wow, a junkyard hunter's dream walk.
      n.bob2
      • 2 Years Ago
      There are going to be a whole ton of sneaky flood damaged cars in the market.... careful when buying used for a while.
      ianmcdonald357
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anyone buying a used car within the next year or so had better pay for the carfax before they sign off on the deal. Even if you're getting it from a dealer. There's gonna be some real lemons hitting the market in about a month or so.
      leffew123go
      • 1 Year Ago
      This will likely happen again at some time in the future.They are talking about rebuilding and being bigger and stronger than before but you can't beat mother nature. Then the taxpayers will wind up paying the bill again. There should be a law that says your property must be insured in areas such as this.Some parts of the California coastline have been taken over by the ocean for years.It does not make good sense to rebuilt in high risk areas such as this. You can bet that a lot of the automobiles that were damaged will be sold to buyers who will not know that they were damaged by the devestation of Sandie.
      oxygn
      • 2 Years Ago
      That image is disturbing.
      Charle
      • 2 Years Ago
      Flood damaged cars should not be allowed to be back on the roads. They will have electrical problems , The collision restraint air bags are not likely to work. They should all go to the scrap yard to be shredded.
      upx42
      • 1 Year Ago
      Going to avoid buying any "used" 2012 vehicles. Are there any other states (like Texas) that "allow" scrubbing of titles ?
        semperfitexan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @upx42
        Texas issues a different salvage title no way you can mistake it .
          Brent Jatko
          • 1 Year Ago
          @semperfitexan
          Here in Houston I see a lot of cars on Autotrader.com with "salvage" titles. I try to avoid them, but I suppose it would be okay for a mechanic with a shop to buy one.
        Edward
        • 1 Year Ago
        @upx42
        Alabama used to. I don't know if this applies anymore, but doubt this has been changed. States rights, ya know.
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