UPDATED 9:17 AM PT – Monday, September 6, 2021
Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) addressed the mourning New Yorkers after last week’s flooding turned deadly. During a public address on Sunday, Hochul stressed her concerns about high rainfall in Central Park last week.
“That horrific events of Wednesday evening, when we literally saw record shattering rainfall, but the record shattering is almost an anomaly because we set the record a week before,” she explained. “We shattered that record with over 3.1 inches. This is per hour, my friends. This is not overnight. This is not over day. This was per hour.”
Hochul added the flood was beyond “the wave action off the sound or off the ocean.”
“It’s when the heavens break loose and multiple storm systems converge and they drop a Niagara Falls level of water on our city,” she expressed. “How do you prepare for that?”
NEW: @POTUS has approved an expedited Major Disaster Declaration, providing financial relief to help NYers recover.
Eligible homeowners will be able to receive direct support from FEMA.
I am grateful for this swift approval & look forward to welcoming @POTUS to NY tomorrow.
— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) September 6, 2021
The New York governor went on to tell New Yorkers severe weather would continue to devastate their state.
She went on to say, “after what I witnessed firsthand and the lives we lost, 17 New Yorkers no longer with us because of the weather, I’m operating on the assumption that this could happen again in another 10 days.”
Hochul then turned her speech into a lecture about so-called climate change.
“I’m not going to wait for someone to tell me that the climate change effect on our weather is in the future,” she asserted. “I’m not going to have someone tell me that these events are every 100 years, 500 years, 1,000 years.”
As families of the New Yorkers who died are still mourning, Hochul suggested making an investment in government funded infrastructure.