In the days following Hurricane Ida making landfall along the Gulf coast, news emerged of several displaced animals. Some rescue missions even involved getting cows out of trees. Yes, you read that right.
New York has other problems. No, the towns aren’t being overrun by bears, and, luckily, alligators need not be a concern for citizens either. Instead, rats and snakes plague the New York floodwaters caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida’s storms.
Rats, Snakes, and Hurricane Ida Floods: Oh My!
The flooding experienced by the Northeast right now is no joke. Videos show some underground subways as completely overtaken by Hurricane Ida floodwater. Other videos recently emerged of city bus passengers climbing their seats to escape the floodwaters that made their way inside the bus.
Abandoned cars and impassable roads can also be spotted in some of these clips. The newest videos going viral depict something equally as shocking. The extent of Hurricane Ida’s flooding is so vast that its mix now includes loads of trash, rats, and snakes.
Reactions to the 15-second clip remain mixed. A lot of users find themselves utterly disgusted by what they’re seeing. These users cite the water’s murky, muddled appearance as reason enough to assume the waters are riddled with disease. One user @ProphetP_ noted the rat looked relaxed while swimming in what he deems a “cesspool.”
Still, a majority of the comments take a comedic approach to making light out of an absurd situation.
@iconicbadboy says ‘he looks like he’s having fun, love that for him.”
Several users also set the video to audio like the “Cha Cha Slide.”
Some users debated whether or not rats even could swim (the answer is yes).
State of Emergency
While it’s nice to see the public being able to make light of such circumstances, it’s also nice to see the Governor of New York taking the situation seriously. Wednesday night, Mayor Bill De Blasio and Governor Hochul of New York City declared a state of emergency.
They recommended against all non-essential travel for the safety of folks. The Sun reported that the recent events caused New York City to issue its first-ever Flash Flood Emergency alert. They say the alert is intentioned for “exceedingly rare situations when a severe threat to human life and catastrophic damage from a flash flood is happening or will happen soon.”
The term “exceedingly rare” is actually quite apt for the effects of Hurricane Ida’s remnants in the area as the floods brought on several big “firsts.” For example, Newark and Central Park both experienced more than three inches of rainfall in just one hour the other day, which marks the most precipitation ever recorded in those cities within that timeframe.
The rainfall continued for several hours and dropped between 6-10 inches. A climatologist by the name of Brian Brettschneider called the epic precipitation a once in a 500-year event.