This is too heartbreaking to read more than once. Stories of Sandy’s destruction just keep getting worse and news like this raise so many questions.
According to The Daily Mail, the mother of two was holding her boys as a rush of waves knocked her over…and all she could do was watch as they were swept away.
The remains of Brandon, two, and Connor Moore, four, were discovered only yards from where they went missing in Staten Island, New York.
The boys’ mother Glenda Moore, 39, is said to have spent 12 hours screaming in the street after they were swept away, but residents would not help her look for them.
The boys were sucked away by floodwater after Mrs Moore’s car stalled and became stuck just before 6pm on Monday near the 400-block of Fr. Capodanno Boulevard in South Beach…Ms Moore told police her car stalled and she became stranded in the marsh when the left her home in search of higher ground as the storm worsened.
Mrs Moore, a nurse, tried to hold on to them but was overpowered by the force of the storm.
Police found the young brothers about 30 yards off the corner of McLaughlin Street and Father Capodanno Boulevard.
‘Terrible, absolutely terrible,’ police commissioner Ray Kelly said. ‘It just compounds all the tragic aspects of this horrific event.’
The boys were about 20 yards apart from each other, under water, buried by trees and debris, law enforcement sources told the New York Post.
After the storm cleared on Tuesday morning, officers, dogs and other searchers – armed with shovels, sticks and pitchforks – had been scouring those marshlands off Father Capodanno.
A team of scuba divers were also there to search the marshy area.
At 10:15am today, police in wetsuits found Brandon waist-deep in water. His brother was found close by shortly after.
After the boys disappeared, Mrs Moore knocked on a nearby door for help but was told: ‘I don’t know you. I’m not going to help you.’
Mrs Moore then tried another neighbor near her Staten Island home, but when she rang the bell they turned off the lights and refused to answer.
As the storm raged around her, the nurse took shelter in a doorstep, screaming and staring at the waters which had just snatched away her children.
Twelve hours later, at dawn when the weather calmed down, she found the strength to walk down the street and flag down a passing police car to raise the alarm.
Mrs. Moore is married to Damien, 39, who works at the New York Sanitation Department. They have no other children and are ‘devastated’ at the loss of their sons.
Our hearts go out to the family.
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