Furniture, children’s toys and an array of other belongings were piled outside homes in Rye, a town in New York’s Westchester County, on September 3 after the remnants of storm Ida brought devastating flash flooding to swathes of the US Northeast.
New Yorker Linda Santangelo, who shot this footage, said she was visiting her mother who lives nearby when she drove past “house after house” damaged by the floods in Rye’s Indian Village neighborhood. “I would say at least 30 houses were flooded out,” Santangelo told Storyful.
In the video, Santangelo is heard expressing disbelief over what she was seeing and says the area smelled “like a sewer.”
“Unbelievable,” she says. “This whole area — everyone’s stuff is outside their homes.”
The City of Rye Police and Fire Department said it responded to more than 100 calls for help overnight into Thursday, September 2, and lauded first responders for performing “dozens of rescues.”
“The bravery and courage displayed by all those on duty is remarkable,” the department said.
Police released photos on Thursday showing submerged roadways and cars, vehicles left on top of one another after being washed down streets, and damage to roads, businesses, and homes. “We wanted to share these pictures to give you a better idea as to what dangers our members were dealing with,” police wrote on Facebook. “Thankfully as of now no injuries have been reported,” they added.
Mayor of Rye Josh Cohn said it had been “a tough, downright frightening night for many of us, and not soon forgotten.”
Cohn said Friday that clean-up efforts were still ongoing, and that electricity supplier Con Edison “had substantially reduced outages.” He added that Labor Day firework displays would still go ahead on Saturday and Sunday evening by the Playland Amusement Park. Credit: Linda Santangelo via Storyful