Hochul seeks federal aid after winter storm floods Rockaways and coastal Queens


Governor Kathy Hochul toured the flood-stricken Rockaways of Queens Saturday in the wake of Winter Storm Elliot, and pledged that the state would work quickly to bring necessary resources to help affected residents recover.

The area near Jamaica Bay was hit with up to three feet of water Friday as a result of the storm and tidal flooding, according to Hochul. The rapid drop in temperature — with every part of New York now dealing with arctic cold — caused rapid freezing, compounding the peril to local residents.