New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the deadly flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Ida a "wake-up call" and said officials need to alter the way they approach the "suddenness, the brutality of storms now."
De Blasio referenced the back-to-back storms — first the rain dumped less than two weeks ago by Henri and now the flooding from Ida — the city has endured.
"This is the biggest wake-up call we could possibly get. We're going to have do a lot of things differently and quickly," he said. "What we have to recognize is the suddenness, the brutality of storms now. It is different."
De Blasio called Ida a "horrifying storm last night, unlike anything we have seen before," and he thanked the first responders who rescued people yesterday. He also acknowledged the rescue and clean up work still to be done.
"People are going through hell," he said. "They need help."