NY State Helpline For Sandy Relief
Disasters like Hurricane Sandy can bring out the best in people.
Case in point: A steamfitter was saved in a dramatic rescue that took place deep in the basement of a New York City police station. As reported by The New York Times:
The wall of water driven ashore by the storm even flooded three police stations, two in Brooklyn and one in the Rockaway section of Queens. Paul J. Browne, the chief spokesman for the Police Department, said a steamfitter was rescued from one station house as water crashed in. The steamfitter, whom he identified as Kevin Hunter, had been working in the boiler room, two levels below the first floor, trying to shut off steam pipes before the surge of cold water rolled in.
But Mr. Hunter’s leg became caught, and he was “completely submerged underwater, unable to get free,” Mr. Browne said in an e-mail. Another steamfitter, Anthony DiMaggio, sought help, and he and Lt. Peter O’Neill freed his leg and carried him out in chest-high water. With help from other officers, “they literally swam Hunter to Neptune Avenue, where the water wasn’t as high,” Mr. Browne said.
Eventually they loaded him onto a city bus that carried them out of the flooded area, and later into an ambulance that took him to Maimonides Hospital. He was treated for cuts, muscle strains and hypothermia.
The storm has been blamed for more than 70 deaths in the United States, including 24 in New York City, 8 in New Jersey and 4 in Connecticut as of November 1.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said initial damage estimates “project up to $6 billion in lost economic revenue” in New York State.
Residents can get up-to-the-minute news and vital information on Hurricane Sandy cleanup and recovery from the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Click here.
Or you can call the Hurricane Sandy Helpline for New York State Residents at 1-888-769-7243 or 1-518-485-1159.
Click here for an interactive map of New York City power outages.
Click here for an interactive map of New York City subway service.
Click here for New York Times Metro Twitter updates on storm recovery.
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- New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
- New York Times
- New York Times
- New York Times Metro updates on storm recovery via Twitter