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This Video Shows Floods In New Zealand, Not New York City

Eman Hillis Eman Hillis
2nd October 2023
This Video Shows Floods In New Zealand, Not New York City
The video shows a flood In New Zealand, not New York (X)

The Claim

A video shows floods in New York on September 29.

Emerging story

Following the heavy rainfall and floods in New York City on Friday 29 September, a video claiming to feature a flooded supermarket in New York City was shared online. 

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the claim and found it to be misleading. 

The video predates the flood in New York, as it originally happened in January 2023. It is also unrelated to the flood in New York City.

The Video Shows A Flood In New Zealand, Not New York

Through a reverse image search, Misbar’s team managed to trace the video back to its original date and found that the flood shown in the video was captured earlier this year in New Zealand.

The same video used in the claim was shared by a TikTok user, called Stay Humble Hustle Hard, who shared the video on 27 January 2023, describing it as, “Flood at PAK'nSAVE in Wairau” and with hashtags of New Zealand and Wairu Valley.

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Moreover, The New Zealand Herald website included the same short clip in their report on the Auckland floods.

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A screenshot of The New Zealand Herald’s report about the Auckland floods.

Auckland Flood

Heavy rain fell down on the upper regions of the North Island of New Zealand, causing catastrophic floods, on January 27, 2023. Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, was the most affected by the floods. A state of emergency was announced in the city and all schools were closed until February 7.

One of the supermarkets that witnessed a lot of damage because of the floods was the PAK'nSAVE supermarket in Auckland. Eighty people were trapped in the supermarket, as the water was knee-high. The floods led the supermarket to close for a week for maintenance. The owner of the supermarket had to write off anything the floodwater had touched. “Every piece of machinery was damaged - ovens, fridges, all gone. It was just devastating,” he said.

2023 New York Storm

On Friday 29 September, heavy rains fell down in New York City heavily bringing floods and causing several subways and commuter rail lines to be knocked out. Accordingly, the government declared a state of emergency and called for citizens to stay home. These floods are called the remnants of Hurricane Ida which hit the Northeast two years ago and killed at least 13 people.

The rain in New York City made last September the second-wettest September New York City experienced, according to statistics by the National Weather Service. The wettest September was September 1882, when New York City logged 16.85 inches of rain.

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