Five days after the disaster in the state, 800,000 homes and businesses are still without electricity. Residents line up to buy food, water and petrol. One woman said, “I don’t want to cry anymore. I’m tired. ”
Biden repeated what he had said for several days: Ida is a warning that we need to be prepared for the next hurricanes because they will come more often and more intensely. Ida and the resulting storms wreaked havoc in eight states.
In Nova York, Queens District is one of the areas most severely affected by the floods caused by the storm. Many have sunk into their homes and underground apartments, which are common throughout the city, but many are illegal. The water rose so fast that there was no time to leave, and those who could escape lost everything they had.
That’s what happened to Lyon’s family. “It’s important that we are alive,” he says.
She was at home with her nine-year-old and ten-month-old baby when the water started coming in. “It was so fast. A lot of people screamed for help. The water reached their necks,” he says.
In the kitchen, the water entered with such force that it opened the cupboards and threw everything on the floor, over the sink, everything turned and the water sign could be seen on the wall. The family was the only survivor as they managed to escape to the first floor of the building.
“We bought everything with a lot of sacrifice and lost everything in an instant,” he says. The rest, she tries to recover by drying out.
Kelly’s twins were able to save a few toys. Almost everything in the game room in the basement ended up in the trash.
“The TV, the sofa, the fridge were all floating. It was so scary. At least we were healthy. Across the street, a couple and a two-year-old child died. It was very sad,” Kelly says.