After Hurricane Sandy walloped the northeast last fall, we saw some of the worst environmental impacts the New York City has ever experienced. There were threats of water-borne illnesses, garbage floating in plain sight, and even rumors of “super-rats” roaming the trash-strewn streets.
Now, a new study from the research group Climate Central has announced what may be the grossest aftereffect of them all: 10 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage that was released during the storm. The sludge was enough to cover Central Park in a 41-foot-high pile of muck, the report says. In layman’s terms, the city’s rivers, lakes, and streams became one giant toilet.