NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A guard and a rally were held in Queens on Sunday to honor the lives lost in the deadly storms from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
As CBS2’s Cory James reported, the collection was really about two different things. The first was to honor those who died in last week’s severe floods in parts of New York City. The other is that they as homeowners are furious and say the city is handing out fines for illegal basement housing.
Some of these homes can be seen on 183rd Street in Hollis.
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The organizers of the assembly said they are providing housing while the city neglects thousands of people by putting them in “deplorable conditions” in NYCHA and homeless shelters that it manages.
The gathering came hours after Governor Kathy Hochul held a press conference calling on the city to make changes.
One of the things she suggests is a multi-alert alert system.
“I think there should be a better warning system for people who are in their homes. We know where they are and whether they are certified and approved by a building inspector or not, it does not matter, ”said Hochul. “A human being lives in there, or more people live in that room. And we need a system to warn them, not just in English, but in several languages, to let people know they’re in danger. ”
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And when we talk about that danger, a video released Sunday shows NYPD officers in a flooded Woodside, Queens basement, looking for people. After several attempts, police said rising water levels and live electricity forced officers to end the search and rescue and call FDNY.
When these specialized units arrived, they unfortunately found three people who died from drowning inside the basement.
Back at the gathering, community members said construction on this street contributed to the flooding.
CBS2 contacted the city to get a comment and is still waiting to hear back.
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