Queens officials offer assistance to residents impacted by Hurricane Ida 

Congresswoman Grace Meng surveys trash piles in Fresh Meadows following Hurricane Ida. (Photo courtesy of Meng’s office)

As Queens residents faced the grim aftermath of Hurricane Ida, elected officials visited constituents’ homes to survey the destruction and offer assistance.

Reports told of flooding that claimed the lives of innocent victims in Woodside, Hollis Hills and Flushing, while others experienced damage to their personal belongings.

In a building on Grand Central Parkway near Meadow Lake, Congresswoman Grace Meng showed the flooding in the residential garage, where one person lost their life and over 200 cars were damaged.


In a statement, Meng said that Hurricane Ida showed the need to invest in “real climate solutions.” 

“Last night, New Yorkers experienced the devastating toll of climate change. On behalf of those we lost and all the families whose safety, homes and communities were threatened by this storm, we need to invest in climate-resilient infrastructure and real climate solutions now,” Meng said. 

While spending the day surveying damage in Fresh Meadows, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic showed video footage of a local whose possessions and furniture were submerged in several feet of water. 

“Everything is gone,” was the resident’s heartbreaking commentary in the video. 


Later, Meng and Rozic teamed up to show piles of belongings on the sidewalks of Fresh Meadows, which consisted of damaged clothes, washing machines and other household items. 


Meanwhile on 183rd Street in Hollis Hills, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards joined Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Kathy Hochul and other officials at the site where a mother and son lost their lives. 

Richards also took to social media and said that “significant infrastructure changes” were necessary to protect Queens residents.