handsAnother incredibly sad story from Super Storm Sandy: In Staten Island, two brothers were torn from their mother’s arms by the surge Monday night. Police had been looking for Connor (2) and Brandon (4) Moore ever since they found their mother, Glenda, Tuesday morning. Just this morning the boys’ bodies were found. PIX 11 says their crews were there when police informed the mother. They report that she screamed when she heard the news.

Glenda Moore earlier told police that when her house began flooding Monday night, she loaded her sons into their SUV and headed toward a relatives’ house in Brooklyn. But the car stalled in the flooding waters. She managed to pull the boys out of the child seats. Carrying Connor in her arms and holding the Brandon by the hand, she tried to make it on foot. But wave after wave knocked the children out of her grip.

Glenda says she managed to cling to a tree and avoid getting swept away herself. Then she ran to neighbors, begging for help. Most of the homes had been evacuated, but reportedly one man answered, “I don’t know who you are. I am not going to help you.” Glenda huddled on a doorstep the rest of the night until police found her around 8:00 a.m. They searched for the boys all day Tuesday and yesterday. This morning the boys’ bodies were found within 20 yards of each other in a swampy marsh where some 60 emergency personnel had been looking.

It’s hard not to judge that one neighbor who would not let Glenda in. Imagine hearing a mother’s desperate cry for help in a storm and refusing to help! But worse than that is the pain this mom and her husband must be feeling at the loss of their sons. Does she play that horrible scene over and over again in her mind, wishing she could have held on just a little bit tighter? But of course she couldn’t. She must have been holding on as tightly as humanly possible. It shows how monstrously strong this storm was. I don’t know what she could have done differently once the SUV stalled — it could have been swept away into the sea at that point. If she’d stayed at home and the rising waters had forced her and her sons to the roof of their house, I think she would have faced another impossibly dangerous situation. Sandy was just cruel.

What would you do if you heard someone calling for help outside your door during a storm?


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