VIDEO – “The water was up to the neck”: New Yorkers in shock after Ida’s passage

TESTIMONIAL – New York and surrounding area have been hit by historic flooding, killing at least 44 people after the remains of the Ida passed. The inhabitants, questioned by the LCI teams, come back to this catastrophic day.

24 hours after the floods that hit New York State, it’s time to see the damage for New Yorkers. Marcio Rodrigues, owner of an auto repair shop, is still in shock after seeing his workshop flooded. “I am truly heartbroken by everything that has happened”, he says in front of our cameras. “I don’t even know how to get back from this. Now I can’t even explain what I need to do to get it right.”.

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Hurricane Ida hits the United States

In New York City, nearly 180 millimeters of water fell in two hours, the equivalent of two months of rain in the region. Rainfall that won the metro, but also the buildings of the city. In Queens, Dany Ong got stuck in his apartment in the basement of a building. “The water went through a hole in my apartment and was up to my neck. Luckily my neighbor upstairs grabbed me by the hand, then he helped my wife to get us out of the building.”, he explains.

I saw a lot of cars stuck and stamped into each other “– Elsa de Saignes, French living in New York

In the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens areas in particular, many motorists were surprised by these sudden weather events and had no choice but to abandon their cars on their journey. The streets, avenues, expressways were suddenly transformed into torrents. Scenes observed by Elsa de Saignes, French resident in New York: “We saw some impressive scenes. I was next to Central Park, the cars were on the sidewalk. I saw a lot of cars stuck and crammed into each other”, she confides on LCI.

After this violent episode, the sun returned to New York City, as shown in this photo by our special correspondent Ax Monnier. The city’s emergency services have started cleaning the streets and rescuing the victims or missing. But faced with the extent of the damage, the inhabitants decided to put their hand in the paw.

“The next morning, everyone is cleaning their streets, the buses start to pick up again, people are checking in on each other and everyone has offered to help. Here, there is real mutual help, which is very appreciable. “, says Elsa de Saignes.

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The floods have killed at least 44 people in New York State. Downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, Ida darkened Thursday night over New England.

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