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At Least Eight Dead in Queens After Ida Floods New York City Homes

FDNY at the scene of a flooded home in Jamaica where two people died (Citizen App)

Sept. 2, 2021 By Allie Griffin

At least eight people in Queens died Wednesday night after the remnants of Hurricane Ida brought New York City to halt with record-breaking rainfall and flooding.

Seven people — who ranged in age from two- to 86-years-old — died as floods overcame their basement-level homes in Queens Wednesday, according to the NYPD. An eighth person died in a car on the Grand Central Parkway.

The deaths came as Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency at about 11:30 p.m. and nearly all of the city’s subway system was shuttered.

Nine New Yorkers died in the storm over the course of the night. Eight of the nine deaths were in Queens and the ninth was in Brooklyn.

The youngest victim was a two-year-old boy in Woodside.

Officers responded to a 911 call for flooding at a home on 64th Street near Laurel Hill Boulevard at 10 p.m. They found the toddler, a 50-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman unresponsive inside the home. The three were pronounced dead at the scene.

About 40 minutes later, police responded to another report of flooding at a co-op building in Forest Hills. Officers found an unconscious 48-year-old woman inside the Fairview Cooperative Residence.

EMS transported the woman to Forest Hills Hospital, where she pronounced deceased.

Police rushed to another flood emergency in a Jamaica home at 11:15 p.m. Officers entered a home on 183rd Street near 90th Avenue and found two people, a 43-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man, unconscious. The 22-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was taken to Queens General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead as well.

Just before midnight, another 911 call came in for flooding at a home in Elmhurst. Officers found an unconscious 86-year-old woman inside the home on 84th Street near 56th Avenue. EMS pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

Federal, state and city officials gathered outside the Jamaica home where the 43-year-old woman and her 22-year-old son were found to offer their condolences and provide an update on the storm damage Thursday morning.

“This is absolutely devastating and my heart reaches out to each and everyone on this block and in this family,” Rep. Gregory Meeks said. “A mother [and] a son [are] gone from us because of climate change and this record storm.”

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said an eighth victim was found in the backseat of a car on the Grand Central Parkway Thursday morning.

The NYPD has not yet released the identities of any of the storm victims.

“Our hearts ache for the lives lost in last night’s storm. Please keep them and their loved ones in your thoughts today,” de Blasio said in a tweet. “They were our fellow New Yorkers and to their families, your city will be their [sic] for you in the days ahead.”

Many leaders said the impact of climate change in creating the record-shattering storm could not be overlooked.

Wednesday’s rainfall broke a city record that had just been broken less than two weeks ago with Hurricane Henri. It was the largest amount of rain to fall within one hour in the city’s history. In one hour, 3.15 inches of rain fell in Central Park.

Videos posted to social media showed streets turning into rivers with floating cars, water rushing into apartment buildings and subway stations, and passengers standing on seats in flooded city buses.

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ABoondy

i am sorry for the lives lost. ALWAYS have multiple escape plans, no matter the location. doesnt have to be for flooding, could be for fire, or who knows what else.

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Ameroon

Hi they need to do something about the Basement ,the poor people cannot afford top floor ,it is to expensive ,so I think the City, should charge an affordable price for the home owner to legalize the Basement,

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Margarita

So many flooded basements and damaged cars. Hoping local politicians set up gofundme pages for those that died and have damaged properties.

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Lennot DeVenuto

I am praying for everyone in my home town. I don’t rememher storms that bad, I do remember black outs.

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Gardens Watcher

Who’s stealing my name again? Get your own post name! Gardens Watcher would never diss prayers.

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Fed up in Woodside

Well it was going to happen The city is over crowded with mega high rise buildings where it used be 1-2 family homes , they being knocked down and being replaced with these buildings and the sewer system isn’t being upgraded to accommodate all this extra load.
In my area alone near 50Street Woodside you got major buildings in every corner .Sewer System cant handle !

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Trevor

Global heating, global warming, climate change, whatever you want to call it, is real and it’s now and it’s the single most important issue on earth right now.

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