There is not much left of Marge Kolb’s cellar in Woodside. The rains of Hurricane Ida completely flooded her house.
She and her family have lived in the area for 30 years. She said she had never seen floods like this before.
“We lost our washer and dryer, we lost our water heater, and we’ll probably need to replace the heater, we’re not sure. We have to remove the entire slab of rock. We had really nice cupboards in the basement that we took out to see if we could save them, but I don’t know if we can or not, ”said Kolb.
She believes the damage could easily cost up to $ 15,000 to repair and is hoping for government help.
On Monday, President Joe Biden approved the New York Disaster Statement, paving the way for further federal aid.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Shumer, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and FEMA officials spent the Labor Day holidays touring this Woodside neighborhood. Puddles, rubbish and damaged cars still line the street.
A local resident told NY1 that a line of dirt on his fence marks where the water rose on the day of the storm.
“The city will be sending door-to-door teams to the affected areas to make sure people sign up to break through the red tape. People need money and they need it fast. That will make a difference. They have just gone through devastation, ”said de Blasio.
Queens was badly hit by the storm. Eleven of the 13 people who died from the floods in the five counties lived in Queens. Woodside is not considered a floodplain. therefore, flood insurance is not available for these residents. But elected officials here say insurance companies need to be strengthened.
“This was also a waste water incident that is covered by household insurance. Therefore, we will do everything in our power to provide all the necessary documentation to support this claim, ”said Ocasio-Cortez.
For many here it is the irreplaceable ones who make this situation difficult.
“We are all devastated. We’re throwing away photos and things that you’ve had for years and it’s sad, ”said Kolb.
President Joe Biden will be surveying the damage in Queens on Tuesday.