Tens of thousands of vehicles damaged by Hurricane Sandy are temporarily stored on runways and taxiways at Calverton Airfield, New York. These cars have been restored, processed and preserved by Auto Insurance Auctions, which specializes in dealing with this kind of cases. The company has entered into a deal with the City of Riverhead to lease the airport’s land, after which all cars will be auctioned off online.
The cars damaged by Hurricane Sandy here stretched over more than two runways, for 2 and 3 kilometers, respectively. The first site leased by IAA covers 54 acres (22 hectares), but the company later expanded the area to almost double. IAA is able to lease the runways because the airport only opens during the summer. The runways started filling up as early as late November, but should be cleared by April, when the runway opens for its intended purpose.
The IAA is getting rid of vehicles at bargain prices, such as $2,025 for a once-virtually new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The auction takes place in Long Island, Medford, and buyers typically have three to five days to pick up the restored car from the airport runways.
Superstorm Sandy was one of the worst storms to hit the US East Coast for several days in late October. More than 110 people died, the New York City subway system was flooded, and power was cut off for hundreds of thousands of people. Insurance companies have paid out more than $25 billion in compensation.