Once prized pieces of furniture that people had worked so hard to buy and took great care to polish and clean were turned into muddy walkways they used to climb into boats.
A widow suddenly realized that she had left behind an old cardboard box filled with money, and firemen rescuing her rowed her home to retrieve her life savings. One observer found a family of six who had gone for three days without food, "forgotten by accident, too poor to have provisions put by, too cast down to make noise enough to bring help." An elderly concierge "sickened and died" while her building flooded, "and her dead body had to be carried out by a sailor on his back to a funeral by boat. Doctors could not get to their patients; babies were born in humble flats, and no help could reach the mothers for twenty-four hours."