Hispanic Food Delivery Man Goes Viral After Working During Hurricane Ida in New York

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Hispanic Food Delivery Man Goes Viral After Working During Hurricane Ida in New York
  • Maybe he deserves the Employee of the Month award.
  • A Hispanic food delivery man has gone viral on social media.
  • The Hispanic food delivery man was caught working as the dangerous Hurricane Ida struck New York.

Maybe he deserves the Employee of the Month award. A Hispanic food delivery man was recorded by a stranger as he was riding his bike during the passage of the dangerous Hurricane Ida in the state of New York this week.


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The AP news agency reported that the Hispanic food delivery man who braved the violent Hurricane Ida in New York this week to do his job has become a hero whose feat was seen by millions of people on social media.

Hispanic Food Delivery Man Goes Viral

Hispanic food delivery boy

The aforementioned information agency said that the American who recorded the Hispanic distributing food on his bicycle under the heavy storm and with the water above his knees on Wednesday night, is looking for him to deliver the $ 1,700 he earned selling the video to the media. But there is only one problem: nobody knows who he is.

The American, a photographer named Johnny Miller, asked for help on Twitter to find the Hispanic food delivery man, whose face is not seen in the video. Many have retweeted the recording and some are trying to help find the worker using clues such as the logo on the plastic bag he was holding as he crossed the flooded street, the AP explained.

They are looking for a Hispanic food delivery man to deliver $ 1,700

Hispanic food delivery boy

“Come on # NYC … we can find this person,” wrote Johnny Miller. And the request for help went to Federal Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, who represents areas of the Bronx and Queens in Washington and who often speaks out in defense of the rights of immigrants and low-income people.

Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez also asked for help on Twitter to find the Hispanic, writing the approximate address of Brooklyn and the time the food delivery man was recorded. As of this Saturday, Johnny Miller’s video has been viewed by more than 11 million people, according to Twitter.

The Hispanic food delivery man was recorded while working during the flood (click on the image to see the video)

Hispanic food delivery boy

AP explained that food delivery people in New York, mostly Hispanic immigrants known as “deliveristas” (derived from the word domicile), travel all day through the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens or the Bronx on electric bicycles.

Many of the delivery men have organized to demand better working conditions and ask for help to stop the theft of their bicycles, which are common during their daily work, the AP news agency said in its report on the peculiar action to locate the worker.

The scourge of Hurricane Ida

The scourge of Hurricane Ida
A person shelters from the rain on a street near Columbus Circle in New York City on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, as the remnants of Hurricane Ida pass. (AP Photo / Craig Ruttle)

Hurricane Ida hit the northeastern United States these days with record downpours that flooded roads and homes, killing dozens of people. Days earlier, Ida caused severe damage to parts of Louisiana and Mississippi after making landfall as one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the United States.

The AP news agency also reported that shocked residents of the east coast of the United States faced a growing death toll, overflowing rivers, tornado damage and continued calls for help on Thursday after the remnants of Hurricane Ida hit the region with historic rainfall that left at least 46 people dead in their homes and vehicles.

At least 46 killed by the storm

At least 46 killed by the storm

In a region that had received warnings about the possibility of flash floods but had not prepared for such a severe impact, the storm killed at least 46 people from Maryland to Connecticut between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

At least 23 people have died in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy reported. At least 13 victims lost their lives in New York City, police said, one of them inside a vehicle and 11 in flooded basement apartments, which are often relatively affordable homes in one of the most expensive cities in the country. . Three deaths were reported in Westchester County, in the suburbs of New York City.

Victims in other states

Hispanic food delivery boy
Vehicles move on a flooded highway Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, on Bulter Are, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. (Charles Fox / The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Five other people died in Pennsylvania, including one who was struck by a tree and another who drowned inside his vehicle after helping his wife escape, according to authorities. A Connecticut State Police sergeant was killed after his patrol car was swept away. One death was also reported in Maryland.

In New York City, Sophy Liu pulled her son from her bed and fitted him with a life jacket and a swimming float as her first-floor apartment in the borough of Queens was flooding. Unable to open the door due to the force of the water, he called his friends for help. The water was almost five feet high when they came to rescue her, she told the AP.

Flooded residences

Flooded residences
Waves hit the coast on September 2, 2021 as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Ida, in Massachusetts. (AP Photo / Charles Krupa)

“Obviously I was scared, but I had to be strong for my son. I had to reassure him, ”Sophy Liu recalled Thursday. Forensic doctors removed three other bodies from a residence on that same street in the borough of Queens, the AP detailed.

In another part of Queens, the water in Deborah Torres’ first-floor apartment quickly reached her knees as her landlord desperately asked her downstairs neighbors – who had a baby – to leave the premises. , he counted. However, the water was running with such force that she assumed they couldn’t open the door. All three residents passed away. “I’m dumbfounded,” she said. “How can something like this happen?”

Climate change

Climate change
A pair of cars lie in a flood on September 2, 2021 in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia, as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Ida. (AP Photo / Matt Rourke)

The remnants of Hurricane Ida maintained a wet core, then merged with a traditional storm front, unleashing a rush of rain down the Interstate 95 corridor, forecasters said.

It is not the first time that a similar climate has been registered after the entry of a hurricane on land, but experts say that it was slightly magnified due to climate change – warmer air retains more humidity – and urban environments, where the pavement prevents the soil to absorb the water.

The storm took New York by surprise

The storm took New York by surprise
Three people look at a flooded street after the overflow of the Schuylkill River, Thursday, September 2, 2021, in the East Falls sector of Philadelphia. (AP Photo / Matt Rourke)

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) had warned since Tuesday of the possibility of “significant and dangerous flash flooding,” as well as overflowing rivers, in the Midwest and New England.

Still, New York Governor Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the force of the storm took them by surprise. “We did not know that between 8:50 and 9:50 last night, the skies were literally going to open and dump a water level similar to Niagara Falls over the streets of New York,” said Hochul, who assumed the post just last week after Andrew Cuomo’s resignation.

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