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Sandy Flooding Makes NYPD Evidence Inaccessible

Two New York Police Department warehouses were flooded during Superstorm Sandy and it is now having an impact on criminal cases.

In at least six criminal trials in recent weeks, a police official has had to testify that evidence was inaccessible, but still existed, NYPD Spokesman Paul J. Browne told The New York Times.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers told the newspaper that they are concerned that many more cases could emerge.

The warehouses -- located in the Red Hook and Greenpoint communities of Brooklyn -- were breached by water, soaking hundreds of barrels containing evidence.

Since Sandy hit, NYPD officials have been in contact with members of the New Orleans Police Department for advice on how to deal with the dilemma.

Seven years after Hurricane Katrina, mounds of waterlogged evidence bags are still causing problems for the department.