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City Warns Of Continuing Health Threats In Wake Of Sandy

Water line at the Heckman's home after Sandy (credit: Danielle Heckman)

Water line at the Heckman’s home after Sandy (credit: Danielle Heckman)

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Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Superstorm Sandy may be more than a month behind us, but the danger still lingers in damaged homes.

As WCBS 880′s Jim Smith reported, New York City estimates at least 12,000 people have been trying to survive in unheated homes ravaged by Sandy.

City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said that can be dangerous – especially for the elderly.

The Health Department said as it is, emergency room visits related to cold weather doubled in November compared with the previous years.

And it is not just the chilly temperatures posing a threat. Some homes may be contaminated with mold and dust, which can aggravate allergies and asthma.

WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reports


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