Batheaston family stuck in New York after Superstorm Sandy wreaks havoc
A family from Batheaston found themselves caught up in a devastating storm that hit the United States.
The Butt family are stuck in New York city after Superstorm Sandy caused destruction along the east coast.
Father Arif, mother Louise and children Royal High School pupil Francesca, 18, and Prior Park College student Alex, 15, have been staying safe at an apartment in Times Square.
The family had made the trip to celebrate Francesca’s birthday, but due to the storm many of their plans, including visits to Broadway shows and the opera, have been cancelled.
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Dr Arif, a publisher who works for SelectScience in Corston, said it had been a dramatic few days watching events unfold.
He said: “We have been holed up in our apartment, thankfully we still have power and internet but we know most of the coastal districts of Manhattan have been flooded and have no power.
“The worst thing has been trying to find places to eat and things to do.
“All the shops are closed, our reservations for the Broadway shows and opera we booked have been cancelled.
“It’s fairly evident it will be several days before the city returns to normality.”
The family, who flew out to New York last Thursday, are now staying in their apartment to sit the storm out, watching the news and waiting to see what happens.
They are due to fly home this evening, but are waiting for news on their flights as airports remain closed.
Dr Butt said: “We came in last Thursday and are due to return this Thursday but with the airports still closed and limited access on and off the island it’s a waiting game.”