Hur­ri­cane’s ‘life or death’ mo­ments

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on the bath­room sink. Fi­nally, the flood­ing re­ceded.

While Gar­cia and his wife sur­vived the hur­ri­cane’s wrath, he was out Fri­day search­ing for his daugh­ter and mother. Kris­ten Gar­cia, 32, and her 90-year-old grand­mother, Jad­wiga Gar­cia, were stay­ing in a sec­ond-floor beach­front apart­ment Wed­nes­day as the storm came ashore.

Gar­cia said his daugh­ter called him to say the apart­ment was flood­ing and they had taken shel­ter in the bath­room. He hadn’t seen them in the two days since the storm passed and hadn’t been able to gain ac­cess to their apart­ment.

He had tears in his eyes re­call­ing their last con­ver­sa­tion.

“She said, “Dad, get down here,’ ” Gar­cia said. “I said, ‘It’s too late.’ ”

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