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New Yorkers struggle with post-hurricane subway rats

Many New Yorkers predicted Hurricane Sandy would drown thousands of subway rats, but instead the rodents were pushed to higher ground and are infesting neighbourhoods that didn't previously have problems.

Rodents driven from underground homes into city's parks and streets

New Yorkers thought Hurricane Sandy would kill its subway rats, but it actually pushed many rodents above ground. (The Associated Press/Frank Franklin II)

Many New Yorkers predicted Hurricane Sandy would drown thousands of subway rats, but instead the rodents were pushed to higher ground and are infesting neighbourhoods that didn't previously have problems.

"It's an ongoing battle," exterminator Manuel Medina told Carol Off, host of CBC Radio's As It Happens.

"It was bad before [Sandy], but even worse now,"

He said one Chinatown-area park looks like a game of "Whack-a-mole," and has even spotted rats scurrying along the same sidewalks as people heading to work.