Rat Tales Abound After Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK (February 22, 2013)—New York City TV stations and newspapers have been rife with reports about rats infesting parked cars and Brooklyn brownstones after Superstorm Sandy.

A city councilwoman floated a proposal to create a $500,000 emergency rat mitigation program for storm-impacted neighborhoods after a rodent problem forced Manhattan's Magnolia Bakery to close for two days.

The baker is often credited with starting a national cupcake craze.

Company spokeswoman Sara Gramling said Thursday she's sure the storm was a factor in the infestation.

But the city's health department says rodent complaints have declined since the late October storm, and the agency that runs the city's subway system also dismisses tales of rats being stirred up by Sandy.

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