Monday, August 29, 2011

Cops: Woman, 82, drowns in swamped NY motel cabin 

State police have identified the 82-year-old woman summering in New York's Catskills who drowned in a motel cottage swamped by floodwaters from an adjoining creek.

Investigator Jeffrey Moore says Monday she was Rozalia Gluck. She was staying with relatives and friends from a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn at the Valkyrian Motel in the village of Fleischmanns, 40 miles northwest of Kingston.

Moore says that more than 6 feet of water from the overflowing creek engulfed the one-story cottage on Sunday morning, shifting the building about 30 feet.

A number of people had evacuated the cottage and Gluck's body was found inside when the water subsided. Her death was listed as an accidental drowning.

The investigator says the motel was a popular summer vacation spot for Hasidic Jews.


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