Hurricane Sandy’s Death Toll Is Still Climbing

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: The remains of destroyed homes and businesses are viewed after Superstorm Sandy in the Rockaways on January 2, 2013 in the Queens borough of New York City. Criticism, including by President Barack Obama, has been directed at the Republican House's decision to adjourn without passing a Superstorm Sandy aid bill. According to early estimates, Superstorm Sandy inflicted at least $50 to $60 billion in damage across the Northeast, making it one of the most destructive storms ever.
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In a troubling reminder of the scale of Hurricane Sandy's devastation, the Office of the Medical Examiner announced on Monday that a 44th New York City victim had been found on April 5, five months after the storm, drowned to death in his trailer in the Rockaways. A neighbor told the New York Times he suspected Keith Lancaster, 62, was in the trailer because of the absence of its usual padlock, but he couldn't work up the nerve to check it for months. "I didn’t want to just open the door and find him in there," the neighbor said. "I didn’t sign up for that." Just because we got the Mermaid Parade doesn't mean we're all past this thing.