Filipinos affected by flash floods in New York area

By: Christia Marie Ramos - Inquirer.net | September 03,2021 - 09:15 AM
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Local residents stand by floodwaters after remnants of Ida brought drenching rain, flash floods and tornadoes to parts of the Northeast in Mamaroneck, New York, September 2. REUTERS/Mike Segar

MANILA, Philippines — Some members of the Filipinos community in New York were affected by flash floods in the city and nearby areas.

“The Philippine Consulate General in New York is deeply saddened that a number of kababayan were affected by last night’s flashfloods in New York and surrounding areas,” the Philippine Consulate General in New York said Friday, September 3, 2021.

“We have been informed that some members of the Filipino Community suffered damage to their homes and vehicles,” it added.

The consulate said it has yet to receive reports of any Filipino casualties but urged those who may know of such cases to report them as soon as possible.

“Kababayan[s] who may need assistance are also requested to let us know so that the Consulate and other members of the Filipino Community could mobilize resources,” it added.

In a Twitter post, Philippine Consul General Elmer Cato shared a photo showing flooding along the streets in Woodside, Queens.

“We passed through this street in Woodside, Queens, two hours before it was submerged by heavy rain from remnants of Hurricane Ida last night,” Cato’s photo caption read.

At least 41 people were killed in the flash flooding that swept away cars, submerged subway lines and temporarily grounded flights in New York and New Jersey due to Hurricane Ida.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio described the onslaught brought about by Ida as a “historic weather event.”

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