Superstorm Sandy Death Toll Climbs To 41 In NYC; 22 Dead In N.J.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The death toll from Superstorm Sandy is now being blamed for 22 deaths in New Jersey.
The latest deaths were confirmed by the New Jersey State Police Friday evening. A spokesman said they are not yet sure when some of the storm-related deaths occurred.
The causes of death range from drowning and hypothermia to carbon monoxide poisoning, fires and accidents.
Meanwhile, the deaths from Sandy have risen to 41 in New York City.
“While life in much of our city is getting back to normal, for New Yorkers that have lost loved ones the storm left a wound that I think will never heal,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
Among the dead are two young boys who were torn from their mother’s grasp by rushing floodwaters in Staten Island during the storm.
The two brothers, 2-year-old Brandon and 4-year-old Connor, were swept away after the SUV driven by their mother, Glenda Moore, stalled in Sandy’s floodwaters Monday evening.
Bloomberg said the boys’ father is a sanitation worker and at the time of the tragedy he was on the job helping the city respond to the storm.
“It just breaks your heart to even think about it,” Bloomberg said. “As a father I cannot imagine the pain and anguish the boys’ parents are suffering.”
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