The Daily News reports: Morris Sorid has survived colon cancer and the loss of his family to Hitler. And now, a few months shy of turning 102 , he has survived Hurricane Sandy.
“I was nearly destroyed six or seven times in my life,” said Sorid, wheelchair-bound, as he rested in his temporary quarters – the basement library of the New Hempstead retirement home in Kew Gardens, Queens.
“To tell you the truth,” he said with Borscht Belt comedic timing, “the hurricane doesn’t excite me too much.”
Sorid was among more than 3,000 elderly and frail New Yorkers forced to evacuate from nursing homes and assisted living facilities in places like the Rockaways, Coney Island and beach towns just over the Queens border as the mega-storm approached.
One of the oldest known persons caught up in the mass emergency exodus, he was uprooted on Oct. 28 from his private room at the Nautilus senior hotel in Atlantic Beach, L.I, and brought to a small room he shares with two other men aged 89 and 92 and their aides.
When the Daily News visited him Saturday, Sorid seemed to be taking the shocking ordeal in stride. He said he was grateful to have a safe roof over his head, warm kosher meals and the company of his devoted caretaker, 26-year-old nurse Archie Catacutan.
“I depend on him, so I have nothing to be afraid of,” Sorid said, as Catacutan wheeled him to the lunchroom.
The evacuation was a frightening experience for many of the seniors and caretakers in charge of their safety.
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