The bodies of two Staten Island boys, swept away by raging flood waters from Hurricane Sandy after being denied shelter by a homeowner, were recovered on Thursday.
On Monday, Glenda Moore was taking her two children to the home of a relative prior to going to her nursing job. A sudden surge of water slammed into the family's SUV, forcing the vehicle off the roadway and into a marshy area. Moore managed to free her two children, 2-year old Brandon, and 4-year-old Connor, clinging to them as waves of water continued to batter them. Moore knocked on the door of an adjacent home, asking the homeowner to let her and her children in, but the homeowner refused. Moore took a flower pot and tried to knock out a window to gain entry into the house, all the while still clinging to her two boys. A rush of water struck Moore, ripping the children out of her arms.
Moore's sister told the NY Daily News:
"She was holding onto them, and the waves just kept coming and crashing and they were under. It went over their heads … She had them in her arms, and a wave came and swept them out of her arms. They're the most beautiful children ever, one's a redhead, the other a dirty blonde."
Police divers search for two young boys swept away by Hurricane Sandy flood waters.
Moore began going door to door, banging and begging for help. According to Moore's sister:
"They answered the door and said, 'I don't know you. I'm not going to help you. My sister's like 5-foot-3, 130 pounds. She looks like a little girl. She's going to come to you and you're going to slam the door in her face and say, 'I don't know you, I can't help you'?'”
Moore sought shelter on a front porch and waited out the storm.
When Moore saw a passing emergency vehicle around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, she began desperately trying to flag them down. After telling emergency officials what had happened, police immediately launched a search for the missing boys. Despite suffering from hypothermia, Moore assisted in the search.
According to the Huffington Post, the bodies of the two young boys were found at the end of a dead end street.
CNN spoke with the owner of the house where Moore said she sought shelter for herself and her two children. The homeowner denied that Moore ever knocked on his door. Instead, he claims a man broke out his back door and told the owner to come outside. When told that the two children had died, the homeowner said:
"It's unfortunate. She shouldn't have been out though. You know, it's one of those things."