'We were not prepared as a city': NYC Council in search of answers after Ida

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A person makes their way in rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Ida on Sept. 1, 2021, in the Bronx. Photo credit David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — New York City lawmakers on Tuesday were tasked with figuring out if the city was partially to blame for the devastation caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

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According to Councilman Yoanis Rodriguez, the storm was unprecedented but, “we were not prepared as a city.”

At a hearing examining Ida’s impact, he asked the group of city officials testifying on Tuesday if more could not be done.

“Did the homeowners receive a notice that their basement could be in risk?” he asked.

“That is not in the current messaging and that's what the mayor has addressed in the extreme weather task force,” said Emergency Management Commissioner John Scrivani.

Dozens of messages went out prior to, and during the storm, but none warned about the potential for basement flooding.

A total of 13 people died in flooded basement apartments throughout the city, and many have been left wondering why there were not