Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor about the dangerous flooding in New York and how he will work to ensure resources reach New York to rebuild and recover. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:
As we speak, my hometown of New York is experiencing some of the most frightening rainfall and flooding we’ve seen since Hurricane Sandy. About a month’s worth of rain has inundated Brooklyn in just a matter of hours, and some parts of the city have experienced up to five inches of rain, and flash flood warnings remain in effect for Manhattan, Queens, for Brooklyn.
And we are not through the danger yet. Another powerful storm is expected over the next day, and the situation remains dangerous. I will continue closely monitoring the otherworldly flooding we are seeing in New York.
A little while ago, I spoke to the governor to tell her that I will do everything on the federal level to get New York the help it needs.
Earlier today, I sent a letter to FEMA, and a few minutes ago, spoke to the FEMA administrator, telling her New York needs help. FEMA has promised me two things: one, to deal with the immediate effects of the flood, any equipment, other types of resources they need, and second, later, to provide resources New Yorkers will need to rebuild and recover.
And here in the Senate I will work to secure any federal assistance possible to fund relief efforts and aid those who need to rebuild from the flood damage.
Again, I cannot stress enough that we are not though these storms just yet. Everyone – please follow emergency guidance and stay safe.