Hurricane Sandy brought devastation down on all of New York City's boroughs, but the scale of the damage on Staten Island has some experts wondering if its communities will ever be the same.

"The stories are harrowing and it's hard not to get emotional," Claire Regan of the Staten Island Advance told HuffPost Live on Thursday. "Nothing could ever compare to [9/11], but there are a lot of the same emotions."

As of press time, 36 fatalities due to Sandy have been reported in New York City. At least 14 of those deaths occurred on Staten Island, in the borough's evacuation zones, according to the Staten Island Advance.

The National Guard is working with the FDNY and the NYPD on search and rescue efforts on Staten Island, Regan said, but many low-lying coastal areas remain inaccessible because of flood water. This has led to some dramatic rescues, as well as heart-wrenching tragedies.

Thursday morning, police found the bodies of two Staten Island boys, ages 2 and 4, who were swept out of their mother’s arms when waves of water crashed into their SUV, the New York Daily News reports.

Earlier this week, the NYPD released video of four helicopter rescues made on Staten Island Tuesday, in which five adults and one child were airlifted to safety from the roofs of their submerged homes amid rising water.

On Monday night, an off-duty NYPD officer drowned after rescuing seven family members from his Staten Island home.

Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro reportedly broke down during a news conference Thursday when discussing the devastation. He said hundred of families were homeless and displaced and the death toll on the island was expected to rise.

As of Thursday morning, 83,000 customers on Staten Island remained without power, according to the Staten Island Advance.

Although food, water and generators are now being rushed to Staten Island, the New York Daily News reports, local politicians have taken issue with the city's plan to divert police in order to stage the New York City Marathon.

"The notion of diverting even one police officer, one first responder, one asset away from this carnage is beyond irrational,” Staten Island Councilman James Oddo told the Daily News.

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  • A yacht rests beside two homes after it was driven inland by flood waters, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses.(AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

  • Lisa Kravchenko, of Staten Island, stands amongst flood debris in her princess Halloween costume, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

  • NYPD police officers perform a search in high grasses that were flooded during a storm surge, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the Arrochar neighborhood of the Staten Island borough of New York. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

  • Customers form a queue to fill their gasoline canisters, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses.(AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

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    This undated photo provided by the New York City Police Department shows NYPD officer Artur Kasprzak, 28, who shepherded six adults and a baby to the attic in his flooding Staten Island home before losing his life when he returned once more to the check the basement Monday evening, Oct. 29, 2012 as superstorm Sandy struck. (AP Photo/NYPD)

  • A man waits for gasoline, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses.(AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

  • A NYPD police officer performs a search in high grasses that were flooded during a storm surge, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the Arrochar neighborhood of the Staten Island borough of New York. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

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  • A vehicle is submerged after being carried into a swampy depression by floodwaters, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

  • Rescue workers check a home for fuel leaks and other types of damage, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

  • A woman stands in a street flooded by superstorm Sandy, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • A passenger inspects the water level around his vehicle as multiple cars drive through a flooded street, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

  • Mike Cappucci, 46, of Staten Island, surveys the damage to his home after boats from a nearby harbor were driven inland by floodwaters, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

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