City to start alerting basement dwellers of storm threats

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city will draft new policies to warn New Yorkers who live in basement apartments of impending rainstorms, after deaths this week when floods ravaged the region.

At least 40 people died in New York and New Jersey in the heavy flooding that came in the wake of tropical storm Ida. Many of those who died in the city were trapped in basement apartments that were rapidly deluged.

De Blasio said a task force will report its recommendations during the week of Sept. 26. The city is facing “a new reality” due to the climate crisis in which it must adjust

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