The management of a parking garage at 227 Cherry Street in Lower Manhattan told its patrons that the garage would remain open during and after Hurricane Sandy, just in case anyone wanted to get in and evacuate their vehicle. When drivers came to retrieve their cars, however, they found the garage locked, and the storm ultimately totaled each of the 50 automobiles inside. Now, a class-action lawsuit is taking the garage to task for the destroyed cars, alleging that the garage closed its doors at 4p.m. on Sunday, October 28 and didn’t reopen them until November 9th–and didn’t let people in unless they signed a liability waiver.

One patron, Carmelo Aviles, says he attempted to get his Infiniti in order to evacuate his wheelchair-bound daughter. “They put peoples lives in danger,” he said.

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