Long Island airport used to store 15,000 cars damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Sandy-Ravaged Cars

Hurricane Sandy-ravaged vehicles line the runways at Calverton Executive Airpark on Long Island. The cars will be salvaged or auctioned. (Photo by Doug Kuntz)

Damaged cars have taken over the runways of Calverton Exectuive Airpark in Riverhead, N.Y. and has parked about 15,000 Hurricane Sandy-ravaged cars there, according to the New York Post. The cars will be scrapped, used for parts or auctioned.

The town of Riverhead is making about $3,200 per month for every acre taken up by the cars at the airpark, former home to the Gumman Corp., which assembled F-14 Tomcat jet fighters for the Navy.


An estimated 230,000 vehicles in the region were damaged or destroyed by Sandy, according to industry estimates. Thousands have been stored in vacant lots in the area while officials process insurance claims.

New York law says the titles of damaged vehicles must be stamped “flood” to warn prospective owners of potential problems.

For more information about how your Sandy-damaged car can be donated towards a cause, visit Car Donation Wizard and select the charity of your choice.