A teenager cleans water out from a car in a flooded Queens neighborhood that saw massive flooding and numerous deaths following a night of heavy wind and rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
UPDATED 4:45 PM PT – Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Republican nominee for New York City mayor Curtis Sliwa, alongside other local residents, said Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) was directly to blame for the flooding due to a cutback in sewer cleaning services. On Monday, Sliwa said he has been deep in the sewers many times.
Speaking with affected residents, Sliwa claimed the debris piled up in the system without regular cleanings, which caused water to back up out of the sewers.
“This is what you have in the sewers, ok? You have all the debris that De Blasio has not had removed,” he explained. “Both in the streets because they’ve cut back on street cleaning and sanitation, and then all of the flotsam and jetsam that flows into the sewers hasn’t been removed by the Department of Environmental Protection.”
One of the residents concurred with Sliwa by saying she has tried to get the city to fix the problem for years, although she has been met with little to no success.
“The funny thing is, I put a request in every year to clean all the catch basins. This year, when I did it, I never saw them drop that damn shovel once,” she expressed. “All they were doing was driving around the block.”
Surveying the damage on Monday, Democrat De Blasio was joined by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to find a culprit for the floods. According to the mayor, so-called climate change was the biggest contributing factor for the historic disaster.
“I want to just finally say, our leaders in Congress, these are two of the people who have been sounding the warning on climate change for years,” he stated. “Congressmember, God bless you for the Green New Deal. We’re applying it right here in New York City… but the bottom line is, this is what climate change looks like.”
Ocasio Cortez, for her part, agreed with the mayor as she blamed climate for the disaster. Other residents in the city however, have not been so quick to believe the nebulous D.C. talking points.
According to a New York Post report on Monday, many resident strongly disagreed with the far left lawmaker.