In the last days of October 2012, Hurricane Sandy swept over the Caribbean and into the eastern seaboard of the United States. Ranked only as a Category 3 hurricane at its most intense, Sandy’s effects were still dramatic- characterized by powerful storm surges and widespread flooding. Among the areas impacted was the New Jersey coastline, particularly its barrier islands. For weeks, residents were prohibited from visiting their homes, while authorities dealt with the extensive damage to the islands’ infrastructure. When residents were able to return, they found their landscape permanently altered.