Latest figures show at least 48 people have died across the country. In New York, 15 people are known to have died as a result of storm Ida.
For the first time in New York City’s history, a flash flood emergency was declared as subway stations looked like waterfalls with water pouring in. Across the city, roads and houses were also flooded.
A clip posted on Twitter by @UnequalScenes has gone viral after it appeared to show a food delivery driver wading through thigh-deep floodwater to bring someone their order.
The caption read: “And through it all! @Grubhub delivery still out there bringing your dinner #ida #flooding #brooklyn.”
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And through it all! @Grubhub delivery still out there bringing your dinner #ida #flooding #brooklyn https://t.co/2baP69JXhW
Another criticised the food delivery service for taking the order, writing: “Shame on the person who made the order, and bigger shame on grubhub for accepting the order. The poor delivery person doesn’t deserve this.”
@UnequalScenes @Grubhub Shame on the person who made the order, and bigger shame on grubhub for accepting the order… https://t.co/26jtoJvofT
Food delivery platform Grubhub told indy100 it is working to determine if the person in the clip was one of their delivery drivers.
A Grubhub spokesperson said: “The safety of delivery workers is a top priority. While we always appreciate the hard work drivers put in to get the job done, no delivery worker for any company or restaurant should ever take an action that would jeopardise their safety.”