NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The bodies of hundreds of people who died from COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic remain unclaimed by their families. The city’s morgue could not hold them all. About 650 bodies lie inside freezer trailers on Pier 39 in Sunset Park , Brooklyn – a backlog of lives taken away by the coronavirus as it spread rapidly in the spring, CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported Monday. The city is cautiously bracing for a second wave . “We haven’t seen some of those particular warning signs yet,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio . “Thank god, but we are very, very vigilant. But, we’ll make sure medical examiner is ready either way.” The medical examiner’s office has a task force assigned to identify bodies and another team to track down next of kin. However, they’re struggling to find the families of some 230 people. FLASHBACK: Coronavirus Update: If NYC Cemeteries Get Filled, Could Temporary Burials Happen On Hart Island? Relatives of others have been found, but can’t afford a proper burial yet. “We’re trying to work with each and every family of those we lost during that situation, to make sure that they can have the kind of services they want to have at the right time,” de Blasio said. CBS2 received the following statement from Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson: “Supporting families and helping facilitate respectful final arrangements for individuals who passed at the height of the pandemic reflects the core mission of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner. As we continue to utilize medical, scientific, and forensic expertise to help answer vital questions around the effects of illness, we recognize that this ongoing work has served as a nationwide example in part because of the hard work and dedication of our family outreach staff in helping families navigate these unprecedented circumstances.” Joe Aievoli, whose family owns six funeral homes, said no one, including himself, was prepared for the COVID-19 death toll. “I rented several refrigerated trailers,” Aievoli said. “Even though we had someone in our custody, it would sometimes take three or four weeks before we can have availability at a cemetery or a crematory.” MORE: Staten Island Funeral Home Owner A ‘Godsend’ For Families When New York’s Coronavirus Death Toll Skyrocketed Aievoli said most funeral homes were able to catch up by the end of June. He feels for the city, which is still trying to find families and help them make arrangements for loved ones. “Don’t want to inter someone without exhausting all the avenues of trying to find next of kins and, who knows, there can be next of kins that also fell victim to the pandemic,” he said. Aievoli said he tries his best to help families find the most affordable way to respectfully lay their loves ones to rest. Families can choose a free burial on Hart Island . The medical examiner’s office said it will continue operating the storage facility in Brooklyn at least until the pandemic is declared over. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK: COVID In NYC: Business Owners On Edge With Another Possible Shutdown Looming, Say They Need Compensation To Stay Afloat NYPD Officer Assaulted By Multiple People While Jogging In Queens COVID In New York: Cuomo Says It’s Possible NYC Schools Could Reopen Even If Positivity Rate Stays Above 3%
SOUTH LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A parked van fell into a sinkhole in a South Los Angeles neighborhood early Tuesday morning which was created by a water main break. Nov. 10, 2020. (CBSLA) The sinkhole formed in the 3600 block of South Buckingham Road, sending a van tilting into it. The van, which belongs to a family who reside on the street, was parked at the time and no one was inside. According to the L.A. Department of Water and Power, an eight-inch cast iron main broke, creating the sinkhole. Amber Anderson, who owns the 1993 Dodge Explorer, told CBSLA she slept through the water main break, but was only awoken up by her barking dog. “Came out my front door and realized, wow, my van behind me is inside of a hole,” Anderson said. A neighbor’s security camera captured live footage of the sinkhole opening up and the van falling in. Anderson said this is the second time a sinkhole has opened up on the block. “Three houses down, we had like a smaller sinkhole, where a water line broke again and it made a hole into the ground,” she said. 20 customers were without water service while LADWP crews repaired the main break and sinkhole. It was expected to take at least 12 to 14 hours to conduct repairs, LADWP said. Buckingham Road was closed between Obama and Exposition boulevards. The cause of the water main break was not known. It’s unclear if the van sustained any major damage from the incident.
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Sinkhole Swallows Up Van In South LA
Overall, we’re looking at a decent afternoon with sunshine and less humid conditions. The only wrinkle in the forecast is the possibility of a stray shower south and west, but that’s about it. As for temps, they’ll be right around normal at 84°. (Credit: CBS2) High pressure will be in better control tonight, so we’re expecting little, if any, in the way of cloud cover. It will be another mild one, too, with temps only falling to around 70°. (Credit: CBS2) Tomorrow’s looking like a July treat as high pressure settles in and delivers a mostly sunny day. And if you like today’s temps, you’ll like tomorrow’s as we take aim for the low to mid 80s again. (Credit: CBS2) After that, the heat and humidity creep back up for the weekend — hello, classic summer weather!
The BAM R&B Festival returns to MetroTech Commons (corner of Flatbush and Myrtle Aves in Brooklyn) in 2018 on Thursday afternoons from June 7 through August 9. Like every year, the series offers a variety of jazz, soul, and R&B lunchtime concerts that are free and open to the public. Here's the …
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BAM R&B Fest 2018: free Brooklyn daytime Metrotech concert lineup