- 13 folks died from Wednesday’s floods in New York Metropolis.
- At the least 11 lived in illegally transformed basement or cellar residences, The New York Times reported
- Officers stated 4 buildings in Queens and one in Brooklyn the place folks died had been illegally transformed.
Many of the houses the place residents died throughout flooding in New York Metropolis had been illegally transformed residences, CNN reported.
New York Metropolis’s Division of Buildings stated 5 of the six homes the place residents died on account of Wednesday’s floods had been illegally transformed. 4 of the homes had been in Queens and one was in Brooklyn.
The New York Times reported that a minimum of 11 of the 13 folks discovered useless within the metropolis had been within the illegally transformed basement or cellar residences.
A 2-year-old and his dad and mom had been a few of the victims present in a transformed condominium, CNN reported.
“We all know the basement residences create an entire set of explicit challenges,” New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio said in a Friday briefing. “We at the moment are going to be talking — going ahead — to individuals who stay in basement residences, particular messages, particular cellular phone alerts, telling folks concerning the vulnerabilities they face in these sorts of rain occasions.”
On account of the destruction from the flooding, de Blasio introduced that he is beginning a brand new alert system to tell residents in basements of incoming storms to assist them higher evacuate.
After making landfall close to Louisiana earlier this week, Ida moved as much as trigger in depth flooding and destruction by the northeast on Wednesday. Videos from New York and New Jersey confirmed folks wading by flooded streets or homes the place the water was waist-high.
It is illegal to alter buildings or build extra rooms or units with out approval from DOB, however these models are nonetheless widespread since they are typically cheaper, the Instances reported. Nonetheless, DOB says these models pose “critical security dangers to tenants.”
Annetta Seecharran, government director of Chhaya Neighborhood Improvement Company, a housing advocacy group, informed CNN it is often individuals who cannot afford costlier lease costs that stay in these transformed models.
“They’re typically probably the most weak, weak New Yorkers,” Seecharran stated. “They’re typically immigrant households … It might be an aged member of the family.”
The Instances reported there have been over 8,000 experiences of doubtless unlawful transformed houses up to now this 12 months.
New York Metropolis’s Division of Buildings didn’t reply to Insider’s request for remark on the time of publication.
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