While Hurricane Ida came ashore along the Gulf Coast, residents of many northeastern states experienced the devastating effects of the record-breaking storm.
“It’s kind of a sobering feeling, because in New York City a lot of the boroughs were hit really hard — harder than we thought,” said Andy Carver, a pastor at Life Church in New York. “They saw eight to 10 feet of flooding.”
Just outside the doors of his church, homes and lives were devastated.
“One of our campus connections, Pastor Jim, lives in Mamaroneck. And he was like, ‘Man, the day after the flood, you could just drive through and just see water up to people’s doors.’ A lot of people that he knows personally are only able to live in one or two rooms of their home because the rest of it is just destroyed, unfortunately,” Andy said.
Convoy has already helped nearly 11,000 people living in the Northeast who were affected by the massive flooding. Convoy continues to operate in Louisiana, Mississippi, and other states that are still recovering in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
September 3, 2021 | 11:45 p.m.
Hurricane Ida’s death toll stands at more than 50 after record-breaking rainfall and devastating tornadoes struck the Northeastern United States. Convoy of Hope will continue to serve both communities in the North and South who found themselves in Ida’s path.
As the process of cleaning up and rebuilding began in parts of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, President Biden approved disaster declarations for the former two.
The National Weather Service calculated that Ida’s second strike brought at least 10 tornadoes as it swept through the Northeast.
With multiple loads of relief supplies more than 1,000 miles apart, Convoy will continue to serve survivors. Thank you for your support as we serve communities on both coasts in their time of need.
Convoy of Hope is responding to the devastating storms that struck the Northeastern U.S. as Ida continued inland, causing tornadoes and deadly flooding.
The storms have already claimed 19 lives across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
“We are in a whole new world now; let’s be blunt about it. We saw a horrifying storm last night — unlike anything we have seen before. And this is a reality we have to face,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement Thursday morning.
A record-breaking 3.15 inches of rain fell in Central Park in one hour, triggering the National Weather Service to declare New York City’s first-ever flash flood emergency. Photos from the scene showed cars almost entirely submerged, subway tunnels filling with water, and downed utility poles blocking roadways.
Convoy is responding by sending multiple truckloads of relief supplies to affected areas. As this situation develops, Convoy of Hope will continue serving those in communities across the Eastern U.S. that have been affected by Ida.
To contribute to Convoy’s response to these storms, click here.