Meng Joins Head of FEMA to Survey Ida Damage in Her Congressional District in Queens

Sep 6, 2021
Press Release
QUEENS, NY – Today, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) welcomed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell to her congressional district in Queens to survey the devastation that the remnants of Hurricane Ida caused in the borough.
Meng and Criswell, who were joined by Senator Chuck Schumer and officials from New York City Emergency Management, visited the New York City Fire Department’s Engine 299–Ladder 152 and Middle School 216, both located in Fresh Meadows, and both of which sustained damage from the storm. They toured the firehouse and school to assess the damage, and hear firsthand about the impact that the rainfall and flooding had on the two locations.
“My district was hit hard by the storm and constituents lost so much from the severe weather,” said Congresswoman Meng. “Their properties were damaged and their belongings were destroyed. They need help to recover and get back on their feet, and Administrator Criswell and I will partner together to help them get the assistance they require. I thank her for coming to my district to visit these two spots, and to see some of the damage in person.”
“On behalf of President Biden, our thoughts go out to everyone who was impacted by this absolutely tragic flooding event in New York City,” said Administrator Deanne Criswell. “Thank you Congresswoman Meng for your partnership and for joining me today to tour the damage and destruction from Hurricane Ida. Together, we will rebuild, support these families and communities and make New York City even more resilient.”
After the visit, Meng paid her respects to the family of Yue Lian Chen, the 86-year-old from Elmhurst who died from the flooding.
The Congresswoman also thanked President Biden today for approving a major disaster declaration for New York. On Friday, Meng and Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-Bronx/Westchester) led a bipartisan letter to the President asking him to expediate its approval.