AOC Trying to Find Brooklyn Delivery Cyclist in Viral Video Braving Floods

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is seeking help in identifying a delivery cyclist in a viral video from the scenes of flooding in Brooklyn caused by Hurricane Ida.

Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat who represents New York's 14th congressional district, made the appeal on Twitter on Friday after the footage of the person wading through almost waist-deep water with his bike and a delivery bag garnered millions of views.

The remnants of Hurricane Ida has been responsible for the deaths of 50 people across the Eastern Coast and caused unprecedented flooding in New York City and elsewhere.

Ocasio-Cortez shared the video of the delivery driver on Friday and explained her reasons for seeking to identify them.

"This is a huge long shot, but the person who filmed this deliverista last night received $1,700+ from media outlets who wanted to license the footage," she wrote.

"They want to give all of it to the worker, but need finding him. Any tips? This was ~10:10pm near Roebling/11th st in BK," Ocasio-Cortez said.

The footage she shared was posted by Twitter account Unequal Scenes, which describes itself in part as being about "Photography + Social Change" and is operated by photographer Johnny Miller. The video was posted on Thursday and had been viewed 11.8 million times at the time of writing.

"And through it all! @Grubhub delivery still out there bringing your dinner", Miller tweeted.

This is a huge long shot, but the person who filmed this deliverista last night received $1,700+ from media outlets who wanted to license the footage.

They want to give all of it to the worker, but need finding him. Any tips? This was ~10:10pm near Roebling/11th st in BK. ⬇️ https://t.co/pzF1jVDaaz

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 3, 2021

"Hey @Grubhub @Grubhub_Care if you can help me find this delivery driver I'll donate anything I get from media requests to him," the Twitter user said in a subsequent post.

Miller later posted an update, saying: "I haven't been able to find this man yet. I think his plastic bag is a generic take out often used for Chinese food (photo attached). If anyone has ideas and/or had delivery around 10:10 near roebling/11th st let me know."

Grubhub's Twitter accounts did not appear to have replied publicly to the user's request as of Saturday morning. However, Miller later reported that Ligia Guallpa of the Workers' Justice Project was helping to find the delivery driver and urged donations to a fund designed "to help workers affected by the storm."

At least 18 people were killed in the state of New York as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Ida, while at least 25 were killed in New Jersey. Flooded homes were the cause of several deaths and the flooding itself was especially severe in the Philadelphia metro area, New Jersey and southern New York.

Questions have been raised about New York City's preparedness for the flooding, with Mayor Bill de Blasio telling CNN on Friday: "This is a new world." A new task force will be established to set up protocols for clearing streets and evacuation during storms.

"We're going to have to be much more aggressive with these tools," the mayor said.

A Man Walks Through Flooded New York
A man walks through a flooded street the morning after the remnants of Hurricane Ida drenched the New York City and New Jersey area on September 2, 2021 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Video of a delivery driver wading through flood waters has gone viral. Gary Hershorn/Getty Images