The torrential downpours as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Ida that caused massive flooding throughout New York City late Wednesday, Sept. 1, and into the early morning hours of Thursday, Sept. 2, resulted in no fewer than 13 deaths throughout Brooklyn and Queens, according to authorities.
Almost all of the deaths were of victims who had drowned inside basement apartments that quickly became flooded.
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.
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.
Around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday night, officers from the 103rd Precinct responded to a call regarding a flooding condition at 183rd Street in Jamaica. Upon their arrival, officers found 43-year-old Phamatee Ramskriet and her 22-year-old son, Khriskah Ramskriet, unconscious in the basement of their residence.
EMS arrived and transported the woman to NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens, where she was pronounced dead. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Cops in Brooklyn responded to a drowned man inside a home in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, at about 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 1.
Officers from the 75th Precinct found 66-year-old man Roberto Bravo unconscious and unresponsive inside his residence at 491 Ridgewood Ave. EMS units pronounced him dead at the scene.
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.
More grim discoveries were made on Thursday, long after the storm passed.
Police officers found the body of an individual inside a flooded, burned vehicle along the eastbound lanes of the Grand Central Parkway near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Astoria at about 10:45 a.m. on Sept. 2.
Sources familiar with the investigation reported that it’s believed the vehicle had been in a prior accident. It’s not clear how the person died as of yet.
First responders found three people dead in a flooded basement inside a home at 153-10 Peck Ave. at about 11:42 a.m. on Sept. 2.
Firefighters rushed to the home after the landlord, while making a visit to the location, made the gruesome discovery. Two females and one male victim were removed from the location, and pronounced dead by EMS units.
And in the South Slope/Gowanus section of Brooklyn, sources said, a person was found dead from an apparent drowning in the Gowanus Canal near the corner of 23rd Street and 3rd Avenue.
Except where noted, the identities of the other victims are being withheld pending family notification. The Medical Examiner’s office will conduct autopsies on the victims to determine the causes of their deaths.