WRAPUP 6-Fuel scarce, US East Coast struggles to recover from storm

Thu Nov 1, 2012 7:33pm EDT
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* At least 95 dead, cost estimated at up to $50 billion

* Rescuers search house-to-house in coastal towns

* Gasoline shortages add to anxiety in face of long recovery

By Edith Honan and Joseph Ax

NEW YORK/SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J., Nov 1 (Reuters) - Rescuers searched flooded homes for survivors, drivers lined up for hours to get scarce gasoline and millions remained without power on Thursday as New York City and nearby towns struggled to recover from one of the biggest storms to hit the United States.

New York subway trains crawled back to limited service after being shut down since Sunday, but the lower half of Manhattan still lacked power and surrounding areas such as Staten Island, the New Jersey shore and the city of Hoboken remained crippled from a record storm surge and flooding.

At least 95 people died in the "superstorm" that ravaged the Northeastern United States on Monday. Officials said the number could rise as rescuers searched house-by-house in coastal towns.

"I worked all my life, and everything I had is right there," said Bob Stewart, 59, standing on the Jersey Shore beach in the town of Seaside Heights and looking at the pile of debris that was once his home. "I put my life right there."

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Thursday that nearly a 1,000 people had been rescued by authorities.   Continued...