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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Struggling To Recover After Superstorm Sandy

This aerial photo shows destruction in the wake of superstorm Sandy on Wednesday, in Seaside Heights, N.J. (Mike Groll/AP)

Three days after Superstorm Sandy tore across the Northeast, killing more than 70 people, many storm victims are still struggling.

In Broad Channel, N.Y. in the Queens borough of New York City, The Village Voice is reporting a near-riot, with frustrated residents saying no one has come to help.

And on Staten Island, rescuers are searching for two young boys who were swept from their mother’s arms by floodwaters.

The 2-year-old and 4-year-old boys disappeared Monday night when waves crashed into an SUV driven by their mother.

According to The New York Daily News, their mother could not find anyone to help her until morning.

Here & Now checks in with Jeanne Baratta, chief of staff for county executive in Bergen County, N.J. In Bergen County, upwards of 500 people are are taking refuge in local shelters.

As the nights get colder and the electricity is still out in most areas, more people are expected to seek shelter.

“If electricity comes back in the next day we should be fine, but the longer the electricity is out, it’s just a domino effect,” Baratta said.

Guest:

  • Jeanne Baratta, chief of staff for county executive in Bergen County, N.J. She tweets @JeanneBaratta.

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