GREAT KILLS, STATEN ISLAND (PIX11)—Police have found the bodies Thursday of the two young brothers who were separated from their mother in a Sandy storm surge on Staten Island.
The boys, Connor Moore, 4 and his brother Brendan, 2, were found just 20 yards from each other.
"I heard the mother screaming, and the father was frantic, it was a scary sound," said Rose Valentino, who lives on the same street where they found the dead children.
The boys were found in a swampy area of South Beach at the intersection of McLaughlin Street and Quincy Avenue near Father Capodanno Boulevard, where teams had been searching.
Police were doing both grid and line searches of the swampy marshland on Father Capodanno Boulevard, by chopper and on land, using an airboat and divers.
More than 60 emergency services police officers, in dry suits, had been combing the swamp sin., looking for two young brothers, who got separated from their mother in the storm surge of hurricane Sandy Monday night.
Police told PIX 11 the mother from Nash Court in Great Kills decided to drive her young boys to relatives in Brooklyn when she saw the water rising. But then her blue SUV got stuck in the floodwaters. She then got out and tried holding onto the railing on the edge of a nearby home with her two little boys in her arms, but the younger toddler was swept away by the first wave, the four-year-old by the second.
Search and rescue teams from other states are helping to rescue residents still stranded and recover bodies of those who perished in the storm. PIX 11 Thursday talked to a team from Virginia that just got back from pulling a person out of a living room full of water.
The death count on Staten Island has reached 19, police said..