Family Of Three Drowns In New York Basement During Hurricane Ida Despite Cops Efforts To Try And Reach Them

This footage shows cops wading into water neck-deep in a New York city basement where they were trying to rescue a family of three including a 2-year-old boy who drowned after getting trapped in their basement by flooding.

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) released the bodycam footage of the cops wading into a flooded basement in New York’s Woodside neighbourhood in the borough of Queens on Sunday (5th September).

The police were called to the home after they received several reports claiming that residents were trapped inside by the flooding.

Ang Gelu Lama 50, and his two years old son were found dead in the flooded basement in Queens in Newyork in the United States. (Ang Gelu Lama/Newsflash)

When the cops arrived on the scene they discovered that the water was several feet high and had almost entirely submerged the basement of the building.

In the footage, one of the cops can be seen diving under the murky water trying to get into the basement but the door had been jammed shut by the wall of floodwater.

The officers had to call for backup from the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) who eventually made their way into the basement.

From the left Ang Gelu Lama 50, Mingma Sherpa, 48 from the right, and theirs two years old son were found dead in the flooded basement in Queens in Newyork in the United States. (@rinji.lama.5/Newsflash)

By the time the firefighters got to the trapped family, all three of them had drowned.

The NYPD later identified the dead as 2-year-old Lobsanj Lama, his mum Mingma Sherpa, 48, and his 50-year-old dad Ang G. Lama.

The number of deaths caused by Hurricane Ida which has ripped through the U.S in the past week is unclear but according to CNN at least 58 deaths have been confirmed and the cost of the damage is believed to be in the billions of dollars.

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