Wednesday, December 1

After Ida, Mayor of New York says “we are in a new world”


(CNN) — After Ida’s wreckage washed away the East Coast leaving at least 46 dead, many are in mourning as they examine the damage from a tragic storm that New York City’s mayor urged everyone to see as “the biggest wake-up call. that we could receive “.

“Now we are in a new world, let’s be frank,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio, adding that the intensity and frequency of storms are increasing and that the United States is going to have to do a lot of things “differently” and “quickly. “.

Late Thursday, the White House said President Joe Biden has approved an emergency declaration for New York and New Jersey due to emergency conditions following the devastation that left at least 39 dead in neighboring states.

More than 20 million people remain under a flood warning as all rainwater flows into larger streams, creeks and rivers. Floods are likely to persist through Friday and some rivers in the northeast are expected to remain above flood level through the weekend.

Death toll rises in northeastern US 5:33

“We have to start from scratch as we are in mourning,” said Amrita Bhagwandin, a resident of Queens, New York, a Chris Cuomo de CNN. “We have to see how we can move forward in the most elegant way possible. Because this … if you see the situation here, it is very unsafe, very unlivable. Death is upon us,” he said.

Bhagwandin’s home was badly damaged in the flood, but her greatest heartbreak was losing her neighbors, a mother and a child, she said.

Bhagwandin’s husband, Sahadeo, said his neighborhood had already had flood problems. And authorities may turn up in times of disaster, but residents there need more action.

“We need a lot of help in this neighborhood and over the years we have been neglected. I came here in 2003, and from 2003 to 2021, we are experiencing flooding and nothing has been done,” Sahadeo Bhagwandin said. “We have several projects that have been completed in this block, but the problem we have is not being solved,” he added.

The claim of the governor of New York

Ida first made landfall on the Gulf Coast on Sunday with the force of a Category 4 hurricane. And although it had weakened into the remnants of a tropical depression, it was still strong when it swooped late in the morning. Wednesday over the densely populated northeast.

In addition to the 39 deaths in New York and New Jersey, there were four deaths attributed to the storm in Pennsylvania and one in Maryland, Connecticut and Virginia.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said she wants answers.

“I want to know who knew what and when and what could have been done differently. New Yorkers deserve to know what we are doing to learn from this event and make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Hochul told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

New York flood emergency 4:26

But part of ensuring that it will not be repeated is the fight against climate change, Hochul said. He advocated a continuous transition in the state towards carbon neutral energy.

“We have no choice, my friends, the future we speak of in dire terms, that future is now. It is happening, we are losing lives, we are losing property and we cannot continue on this path,” he warned.

25 homes destroyed or damaged by tornadoes in New Jersey

At least eight tornadoes were confirmed Wednesday in the northeast of the country: four in Pennsylvania, three in New Jersey and one in southeastern Massachusetts, according to storm studies conducted by the National Weather Service.

In New Jersey, the Mullica Hill tornado has been rated EF-3 with winds of more than 150 miles per hour, according to the damage study conducted by the National Weather Service. The tornado destroyed or severely damaged 25 homes, said Police Lt. David Marrow.

Hundreds of trees were felled, and power was cut off in a third of South Jersey Township, Marrow said.

“This is going to take some time to remove, there’s no question about it,” Gov. Phil Murphy said, standing in front of one of the destroyed homes.

Drones show the destruction left by Hurricane Ida 1:02

Despite the terrifying nature of tornadoes, none of the 23 storm deaths in the state were related to them, Murphy said, adding that he believes residents took flood warnings less seriously than tornado warnings.

“The tornado warnings came out at the same time as the flood warnings,” Murphy said. “Everybody, when they got the tornado warning, they went into their basement and I think there were too many people who thought they could cope with the floods and unfortunately some of them, whether in their houses or in their cars, they lost their lives, “he lamented.

People standing up to make sure they don’t drown on the bus

The danger from floodwaters was evident in New York City. There, the police department conducted 69 aquatic rescues and 166 non-aquatic rescues, according to department chief Rodney Harrison.

More than 800 subway passengers were evacuated, New York Police Department Chief Rodney Harrison said Thursday. And another 500 New Yorkers were rescued from flooded roads, buildings and subway stations, the New York City Department of Emergency Management reported.

Amid the chaos, New York bus driver Rosa Amonte became a viral sensation overnight after taking passengers to safety, even when the bus was filled with 1 meter of water.

“People literally stood up in their seats to make sure they weren’t drowning inside the bus,” Hochul said. “She stayed there, drove, all night and did what it took to get people to safety.” projection.

CNN’s Kristina Sgueglia, Laura Ly, Mirna Alsharif, Liam Reily, Taylor Ward, Rob Frehse, and Raja Razek contributed to this report.


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