NYC Could Face Travel Bans, Evacuations for Weather Events After Ida Damage, Mayor Says

New York could face more frequent travel bans and evacuations for weather events after the remnants of Hurricane Ida swept through the city, killing 13 people.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday the precautions officials once took for only the most severe storms could soon be implemented more often as climate change makes rainstorms and other weather events more severe.

"We're in a whole different world and we're all going to now have to act very differently because this is not the world we knew," de Blasio told CNN. "This is a kind of extreme, brutal weather that is a whole new ballgame."

Ida, which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane in Louisiana last week and continued through the South as a tropical storm, dumped a record amount of rainfall in the Northeast Wednesday night into Thursday.

Prospect Park in Brooklyn topped the list for rainfall totals with 8.8 inches of rain. Central Park broke a record set just the week before for the amount of rain that fell in one hour, as 3.15 inches of rain fell between 8:51 p.m. and 9:51 p.m.

The deluge of rain prompted severe flash flooding, trapping motorists in the streets and prompting subways to suspend service.

At least 13 people were killed in New York City as the storm ravaged the area. Many of the victims, who range in age from 2 to 86, lived in basement apartments.

Three of the fatalities occurred in a single household in Queens, where a 50-year-old man, a 48-year-old woman and a 2-year-old boy drowned in their home.

"I'm praying that we have closed the book on this, but it is too early to tell," de Blasio said as first responders continue to respond and follow up after the storm.

NYC Could Face Travel Bans, Evacuations: Mayor
New York could face more frequent travel bans and evacuations for weather events after the remnants of Hurricane Ida swept through the city killing 13 people. In this photo, New York City Parks Security Service officers on horseback explore the Greyshot Arch, which was flooded in Central Park after a night of extremely heavy rain caused by Hurricane Ida on September 2, 2021. Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

De Blasio told CNN that the city will have to take a more aggressive approach as weather events continue to worsen due to climate change.

"Now seeing what happened on Wednesday, a travel ban is the kind of thing I want to introduce into the equation early in each storm as a possibility," de Blasio said.

The mayor added that evacuations, which he noted were only used in dire cases and mostly in coastal areas, could also be implemented more.

"We're going to need to now have the ability to send police, fire, etc out to go and evacuate people in places we never would have imagined in the past," de Blasio said. "We're going to have to tell people, 'Prepare to be evacuated.'"

Newsweek reached out to the mayor's office for additional comment, but didn't receive a response before publication.