Images that repeat themselves. From China this summer to New York last night: flooded streets, submerged subway stations, or the illustration of the unsuitability of our cities to extreme weather phenomena, five times more numerous in the last 50 years. In New York, the bad weather associated with Storm Ida was brutal and sudden on Wednesday, September 1. The latest report in the city and its region shows 14 victims.
These floods had not been the subject of preventive alerts. Around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, New Yorkers finally received a text message telling them an emergency flood alert, which means there is an immediate danger of death when the situation was already critical.
This is the first time that this type of alert has been triggered in the megalopolis who deplored eight deaths: all lived in the basement or on the ground floor. This Thursday morning, traffic resumed in the metro and stations. “Storms I have experienced, but I did not realize that it was going to be so serious,” says Irvin who did not immediately realize the extent of the disaster.
A still provisional assessment
For now, five victims have also been identified in New Jersey: they were in the same apartment. Another person was found dead in his car.
The flood report is still evolving : in New Jersey, aerial images show entire neighborhoods swallowed up by water. Rescuers access the houses by boat and not all homes have been inspected yet.
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