When she went to bed Sept. 1, Rashida Jacques of Queens Village said she expected significant rain. But when she awoke the next morning, she was shocked at the sheer amount of flooding New York City received.
“It was actually a little surprising to see the devastation on the news,” said Jacques, a social worker. “Thankfully my area was not hit very hard, so I didn’t have the experience of many others that I saw on the news in other parts, like Hollis.”
Most of the 13 people who lost their lives in New York City lived in basement apartments in Brooklyn or Queens that flooded due to the heavy rainfall. Even New Yorkers like Jacques who witnessed minimal damage near their homes acknowledged the city’s vulnerability to future flooding.
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