Air travel in the northeast has been at a virtual standstill since last weekend. Vermonters stranded by the storm are still struggling to get back home.
The historic storm grounded thousands of flights and halted trains across New York and New Jersey. Larry and Connie Cherrier of Waterbury spent Wednesday night sleeping on the floor at JFK International Airport after three flights home were canceled. Christine Boulanger of Burlington spent Thursday on standby hoping to secure a seat back to Vermont.
"It makes you want to cry a little bit. My mom's very ill in Burlington and I flew in from San Francisco yesterday and Jet Blue canceled all the flights yesterday," Boulanger said.
Numerous flights have been canceled of ours. We've booked and re-booked and we had a rental car all set up, went to the rental agency yesterday, to find out there were 30 or 40 people there who had not gotten a car. We'd been waiting there like five or six hours with no cars available," Cherrier said.
Thursday afternoon the death toll from the storm jumped to 37 in New York City. Public schools remain closed and hundreds of thousands of people are still without power.
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