New Yorkers pick up pieces following deluge; At least 17 dead

New Yorkers mopped up flooded homes and businesses and began removing fallen debris from crushed cars Thursday following record rainfall that caught much of the Big Apple by surprise. Under piercing blue skies that belied the carnage of just a few hours earlier, shocked residents surveyed the damage of a chaotic night that left at least eight people dead. “A ten-ton tree just feel on my car. My car’s crushed. It’s totaled,” Jonas Sigle told AFP as he eyed the wreckage outside his home on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. “Wow,…

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