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Three found dead in basement of Flushing apartment in aftermath of Hurricane Ida flooding

An emotional embrace on 183rd Street in Jamaica, where a 43-year-old mother and her 22-year-old son were found dead. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

Three people were found dead in the basement of a Flushing apartment on Thursday, Sept. 2, according to authorities.

Fire department sources say that units responded to a report of persons underwater in the basement at 153-10 Peck Ave. around noon on Thursday. Officers from the 109th Precinct also responded and, upon arriving at the scene, found three people — two females and one male — dead.

Police could not confirm the identity of the victims, but an FDNY spokesperson said the fatalities were storm-related.

The fatalities add to the total number of deaths in Queens in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, bringing the total to at least 10 throughout the borough.

A mother, father and son were found dead in the basement of their Woodside home on 64th Street around 10 p.m. Wednesday night, police said.

Officers from the 108th Precinct responded to a call regarding a flooding condition and, upon arriving at the scene, found a 50-year-old man, a 48-year-old man and a 2-year-old boy unconscious in the basement of the residence.

They were pronounced dead at the scene.

The city’s medical examiner will investigate the causes of death and the investigation is ongoing.

Then, just before 11 a.m., officers from the 112th Precinct responded to a call regarding a flooding condition in Forest Hills near Grand Central Parkway near Horace Harding Expressway.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers found 48-year-old Darlene Hsu unconscious in the basement of a residence. EMS arrived at the scene and transported her to Long Island Jewish Forest Hills hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The city’s medical examiner will investigate the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.

Just before midnight, officers from the 110th Precinct responded to a call regarding a flooding condition at a residence on 84th Street in Elmhurst. Upon their arrival, officers found 86-year-old Yue Lian Chen unconscious in the residence.

EMS responded and pronounced Chen dead at the scene.

The city’s medical examiner will investigate the causes of death and the investigation is ongoing.

Identities of the other victims are being withheld pending family notification.

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