"New York and other U.S. cities are seeking to ensure their climate mitigation plans protect their most vulnerable communities".
"WASHINGTON - When the remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded his New York City neighborhood, Johnson Ho had to wade through sewage water to save four downstairs neighbors driven from their apartments.
"If I had not opened my front door to let them in, I am ... 98 to 100 percent confident at least one of them would have been found dead the following day," Ho recalled.
At least 13 people were killed after torrential rains that swept away cars, submerged New York City subway lines and grounded airline flights.
The severity of the storm ruined areas that were thought to be relative safe havens in the New York City borough of Queens, where Ho lives. The neighborhood, he said, is "technically marshlands" and has had flooding issues for years."