Hurricane Sandy
10:46 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Schumer: Parts of NYC look like WWII bomb zones

After his first aerial tour of storm damage, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is comparing parts of New York City to London and Dresden after bombings in World War II. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

The Senator says he saw homes burned to the ground and others smashed and thrown across streets by the raging tide.

Schumer toured the area by helicopter with Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday morning.

He says the view close up is likely to be even worse, with extensive water and structural damage to countless homes and other buildings that appear fine on the outside.

Schumer says his drive through lower Manhattan Tuesday night was eerie, without lights from the streets or buildings. He says it looked like the kind of "ghost town" everyone feared would happen after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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