8 dead after flooding overwhelms NYC and New Jersey; states of emergency declared

The death toll from the remnants of Hurricane Ida’s stunning blast through the Northeast rose to eight on Thursday after the city and parts of New Jersey became overwhelmed in water.

At least seven people in New York City died in the flooding, police said. Hector Lora, the mayor of Passaic, New Jersey, said one person died there in a submerged car. Flooding was also reported in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. More than 230,000 homes and businesses in the region were without power Thursday morning.

Flooding in the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn turned major streets into rivers and swamped basement and first floor apartments as the heavy rain pounded the city for multiple hours Wednesday night. The National Weather Service office in New York declared a flash flooding emergency, a rare warning for situations where the flooding is “leading to a severe threat to human life and catastrophic damage.”

The city’s emergency management department warned all residents to avoid travel overnight. Videos shared on social media showed the Brooklyn Queens Expressway impassible, cars stuck in streets in Elmhurst, Queens, and water racing into subway stations in Manhattan.

 

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