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Google's Street View Car Starts Mapping Sandy Damage

Matt Ball on January 6, 2013 - in Emergency

Google’s Street View car was spotted Thursday snapping pictures of Staten Island homes devastated by Hurricane Sandy for updated imagery on Google Maps. The car’s presence, first reported by the New York Post, triggered an outcry among some residents who don’t want their wrecked homes on the Internet for all to see. Residents’ complaints about the maps ranged from privacy issues to concerns about property value.

However, at least one Staten Island local told the Post that Google’s maps might generate more awareness and support. And Google will be making repeat visits as recovery continues — New York City Mayor’s Office Deputy Press Secretary Julie Wood said in a statement that Google is “. . .committed to documenting these same neighborhoods again soon to show the recovery we are confident will be made.”

Read more via Mashable

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