WEST BABYLON, Long Island (PIX11) — A historic storm that pummeled Long Island with torrential downpours has claimed its second fatality: a beloved family dog.
Yuri, a Russian terrier who lived in West Babylon, was found lifeless along Carlls Creek Thursday morning, according to a family friend of his owner.
The soon-to-be 6-year-old Russian Terrier was swept away by flood waters near his family’s home in West Babylon Wednesday. There had been at least two reports of Yuri sightings soon after the pup went missing, according to a Facebook page for lost pets that helped coordinate a search for him.
Yuri’s family and their friends had been set to pass out fliers Thursday morning as the flood waters receded and the massive cleanup effort began in earnest across the island when a rescuer found the dog’s body.
A 120-pound pup with thick black fur, Yuri was a show dog and had been set to perform in agility trials this weekend, the family friend said.
Torrential downpours soaked Nassau and Suffolk counties, dropping up to 13 inches of rain in some spots and shattering records.
A driver was killed Wednesday during the height of the storm when their SUV was struck by a tractor-trailer on the Long Island Expressway in Melville, engulfing the victim’s vehicle in flames.