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Widespread destruction on Staten Island

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Staten Island was hammered by superstorm Sandy. Homes are destroyed and power remains out to many. The death toll on the island stands at 20. 

A relief fund is being created to assist residents of the borough. 

Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Borough President James Molinaro said on Friday the fund will offer assistance to residents displaced from their homes.

Details of the fund will be announced at a news conference Friday near the "Postcards" Staten Island Sept. 11 Memorial, near the Staten Island Ferry terminal.

The death toll on the island stands at 20, said police on Friday.

The bodies of two young boys who had been missing after they were swept away in floodwaters were found Thursday.

The bodies of Connor Moore, 4 and Brendan Moore, 2, were found near each other in a marsh-like area at McLaughlin St. and Olympia Blvd.

Earlier in the week, a teenage girl was found dead in the debris in her home in Tottenville, according to the NYPD.

Firefighters found the girl at 455 Manhattan Street at about 1 a.m.

Flooding from Sandy was widespread.  Powerful winds knocked down trees and power lines.

"I've lived here my whole life and I've never seen anything like this. The damage is severe from one part of the island to the other particularly along the shore. There will be a massive cleanup," NYC Councilman Vincent Ignizio told Good Day New York on Tuesday.

On Monday, Molinaro said he was worried about the lack of people responding to Hurricane Sandy evacuation orders.

Molinaro toured several shelters on the island Monday. He says that in one shelter he only saw 48 evacuees, much less than the 400 evacuees the same shelter harbored during Hurricane Irene.

Molinaro says the island is "notoriously flood-prone."

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