In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, the remnants of which wrecked havoc on New York and neighboring states of New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, the team at Project Veritas came upon the shocking discovery that their headquarters in Mamaroneck, New York was destroyed by the flood waters.
Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe spoke on the damage done to their facility in a video released on Thursday.
"Last night, September 1, the Project Veritas office was devastated by floodwaters that rose almost five to six feet into our office above the floor," said O'Keefe. Images and footage of the office show a shocking amount of water inside the building. An exterior image of the building, presumably the headquarters building, shows cars parked out from nearly covered in water.
"The good news is all of our people are safe and all of our footage seems to be secure," said O'Keefe. "The bad news is most other things and our headquarters are completely destroyed."
O'Keefe said that his staff had been watching a stream of a school board meeting in Sacramento, California, where parents issued passionate speeches to the board regarding previous reporting from Project Veritas, that found a teacher was indoctrinating his students with radial ideologies.
After the meeting was over, O'Keefe said, "we barely noticed the floodwaters and the torrential downpour outside of our doors. When we walked outside at 10 or 11 o'clock, some of our employees found their vehicles surrounded by three feet of water."
"We were going to release our next story early next week. We might be delayed another week as we dig through our wreckage, salvage what we can rebuild our infrastructure," O'Keefe noted.
O'Keefe, speaking on the humble beginnings of Project Veritas, promised that the undercover journalism non-profit would rise yet again.
"We are a very resilient organization, but perhaps the most resilient people of any organization anywhere. And we often find ourselves rising like a phoenix out of the ashes repeatedly over the last decade," said O'Keefe.
The remnants of Hurricane Ida slammed into New York on Wednesday, causing widespread flooding of historic proportions.
According to the The New York Times, a rainfall record was set in Newark, New Jersey, with 3.24 inches on rain falling between 8 and 9pm on Wednesday, overshadowing the previous record set in 2006 by nearly an inch.
For the first time, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency in New York City, as city subway platforms flooded and rainwater carried cars away on the streets.
As a result, at least 43 people were killed in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. 23 of the deaths occurred in New Jersey alone, which also experienced an F-3 tornado in the southern part of the state.