Delivery Drivers Wade Through Floods as New Yorkers Order Takeout During Storm Ida

Footage has been shared to social media showing drivers continuing to make food deliveries to customers in New York City during severe Storm Ida flooding.

The remnants of Hurricane Ida, now a tropical storm, hit New York City on Wednesday evening, bringing high winds, heavy rains, flooding and a tornado warning, prompting people to stay indoors as Subway stations and roads were flooded.

However, a clip shared to Twitter on Wednesday evening appeared to show a driver for the online food ordering company Grubhub continuing to make a delivery during the severe weather, with the footage seemingly showing them wading through a flooded road carrying a bag of food and dragging their bicycle.

And through it all! @Grubhub delivery still out there bringing your dinner #ida #flooding #brooklyn

— Unequal Scenes (@UnequalScenes) September 2, 2021

The footage caused outrage on social media, with several Twitter users arguing that the clip highlighted the precarious working conditions for drivers employed with delivery companies.

Podcaster Cody Johnson reacted to the clip by tweeting: "Nice dystopia you got there. Be a shame if someone were to highlight it," while journalist Jeet Heer wrote: "File under: 'It is easier to imagine an end to the world than an end to capitalism.'"

Nice dystopia you got there. Be a shame if someone were to highlight it.

— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) September 2, 2021

New York City Council member Carlina Rivera wrote: "If it's too dangerous for you, it's too dangerous for them. Protect our #Deliveristas — do not order takeout tonight."

If it’s too dangerous for you, it’s too dangerous for them.

Protect our #Deliveristas — do not order takeout tonight.

— Carlina Rivera 利華娜 (@CarlinaRivera) September 2, 2021

Meanwhile, author Jathan Sadowski tweeted in reaction to the video: "The divide between those who serve and those who are served will only exacerbate in lockstep with climate change."

Several videos were posted to social media on Wednesday evening showing the devastation caused by Storm Ida as basements and apartments became flooded in homes in the region.

One clip, shared by Raws Alerts that was captioned "shocking video shows flood waters ripping through apartments in New York City," showed a large body of water coming through the door of an apartment completely flooding the resident's hallway.

Another user shared footage of the bathroom in her basement based in Brooklyn being flooded by the storm, as large amounts of water came into the residence through the toilet in her home.

In reaction to the severe weather, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had already urged residents to remain indoors during the storm, issued a state of emergency for the region at just before midnight.

"I'm declaring a state of emergency in New York City tonight," de Blasio tweeted. "We're enduring an historic weather event tonight with record breaking rain across the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads."

In a later tweet, de Blasio urged New Yorkers to "stay off the streets tonight and let our first responders and emergency services get their work done. If you're thinking of going outside, don't. Stay off the subways. Stay off the roads. Don't drive into these heavy waters ... Stay inside."

The storm made landfall in the U.S. at Port Fourchon in Louisiana at around noon CT on Sunday with powerful 150 miles per hour winds, causing more than one million people to be without power in the region.

The storm caused a bridge in Lucedale, Mississippi to collapse, resulting in the death of two people, and caused flooding in several states as it made its way north on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The storm is expected to move into New England states on Thursday, with areas in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts already under tornado watches until 7 a.m. and flash flood warnings beyond that.

Newsweek has contacted Grubhub for comment.

Delivery driver during Storm Ida
A delivery worker makes their way in the rainfall from Hurricane Ida during a flood on Intervale Avenue on September 1, 2021, in the Bronx borough of New York City. Footage shared to social media has shown a delivery driver for the online food ordering company Grubhub continue to make deliveries despite floodwaters from Storm Ida covering the road. David Dee Delgado/Getty Images