(Image Source: Christian Post)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER

As the floodwaters begin to retreat in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, New York City residents now face a new fear — the spread of disease from what can only be described as a “ratpocalypse.” WECT reports.

“The city’s health department believes many of the rats drowned in the flood waters, but the bad news is the stronger rats have fled the flood waters and they’re now starting to emerge on the surface.”

Among more immediate fears of the storm was the possibility of New York City’s 28 million rats becoming displaced to the surface after storm waters flood their usual home in the subway tunnels. But Fox News reports despite floods normally driving rats out of the tunnels and onto the streets …

“The water rushed into the tunnels so fast that the rats, even though they’re very good swimmers, just didn’t have time to escape — or they got stuck beneath the grates which means millions of rats they say likely drowned.”  

And Forbes notes the bigger, stronger rats probably had less of a chance at surviving the flood waters than the smaller ones.

“An irony brought to light by Scientific American blogs … is that the surge of water could have done the most damage to the dominant rats that live deeper underground, while the submissive rats forced to live closer to the surface had a quicker escape route.” 

So the fears of a great rat exodus to the surface, gigantic “super rats” taking over Manhattan, or an outbreak of the Bubonic plague can all be put to rest. But the UK’s Daily Mail notes the rats weren’t left completely out in the rain by Sandy.

“ … the rats that [were] able to survive the floodwaters will be treated to a surge of garbage and food to feast on once things have dried out.” 

NYC Fears Superstorm Sandy May Spur a 'Ratpocalypse'

by John O'Connor
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Nov 3, 2012

NYC Fears Superstorm Sandy May Spur a 'Ratpocalypse'

 

(Image Source: Christian Post)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER

As the floodwaters begin to retreat in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, New York City residents now face a new fear — the spread of disease from what can only be described as a “ratpocalypse.” WECT reports.

“The city’s health department believes many of the rats drowned in the flood waters, but the bad news is the stronger rats have fled the flood waters and they’re now starting to emerge on the surface.”

Among more immediate fears of the storm was the possibility of New York City’s 28 million rats becoming displaced to the surface after storm waters flood their usual home in the subway tunnels. But Fox News reports despite floods normally driving rats out of the tunnels and onto the streets …

“The water rushed into the tunnels so fast that the rats, even though they’re very good swimmers, just didn’t have time to escape — or they got stuck beneath the grates which means millions of rats they say likely drowned.”  

And Forbes notes the bigger, stronger rats probably had less of a chance at surviving the flood waters than the smaller ones.

“An irony brought to light by Scientific American blogs … is that the surge of water could have done the most damage to the dominant rats that live deeper underground, while the submissive rats forced to live closer to the surface had a quicker escape route.” 

So the fears of a great rat exodus to the surface, gigantic “super rats” taking over Manhattan, or an outbreak of the Bubonic plague can all be put to rest. But the UK’s Daily Mail notes the rats weren’t left completely out in the rain by Sandy.

“ … the rats that [were] able to survive the floodwaters will be treated to a surge of garbage and food to feast on once things have dried out.” 

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