October 21, 2014
LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) - Nearly five months after Superstorm Sandy, residents of one suburban New York community are still waiting for their hospital to reopen.
The Long Beach Medical Center is the last major medical facility in the New York City area still closed because of damage done during the storm.
Officials are hopeful the facility can be repaired by early April. A storm surge flooded the hospital basement and caused an estimated $56 million in damage.
The lack of a hospital in Long Beach means ambulances must travel farther to other hospitals. City officials say there have been no reports of fatalities because of that.
The hospital's closure also means 700 employees have been laid off since November.
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