‘We’re all in this together’: At least 26 dead after flooding overwhelms NYC, Northeast

Written by on September 2, 2021

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Drone flies over flooded New Jersey neighborhood

This drone flew over a neighborhood in Lincoln Park, New Jersey and captured the harm from flooding attributable to storm remnants of Hurricane Ida.

USA TODAY, New Jersey Herald

NEW YORK – The dying toll from the remnants of Hurricane Ida’s gorgeous blast via the Northeast rose to at the least 26 Thursday after a large swath of the area turned overwhelmed by fierce downpours and localized flooding.

At the least 12 individuals died within the metropolis, Mayor Invoice de Blasio stated. Ten deaths had been reported in New Jersey, three in Pennsylvania and one in Maryland.

The downpours turned this metropolis’s streets into rivers and swamped basement and first-floor flats. The Nationwide Climate Service workplace in New York declared a flash flood emergency, a uncommon warning for conditions the place the flooding is “resulting in a extreme risk to human life and catastrophic harm.”

Mayor Invoice de Blasio stated Thursday {that a} journey advisory remained in impact, and that every one non-emergency autos had been suggested to remain off of metropolis streets whereas cleanup continued.

“Our hearts ache for the lives misplaced in final night time’s storm,” de Blasio tweeted. “They had been our fellow New Yorkers and to their households, your metropolis shall be there for you within the days forward.”

The carnage comes days after Hurricane Ida barreled ashore Sunday in Louisiana packing 150 mph winds. At the least six deaths had been reported earlier, together with two every in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Energy remained out to nearly 1 million Louisiana energy clients Thursday.

The excellent news is that Ida has run its course. The middle of the storm is a greater than 100 miles east of Massachusetts and transferring to the northeast, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist John Feerick stated. 

“So far as the USA goes, it is gone,” Feerick advised USA TODAY. “We had been definitely anticipating numerous rain, however have a look at how shortly it got here down, particularly in cities like New York. Three, 4 inches in an hour that overwhelmed the infrastructure.”

President Joe Biden addressed the nation Thursday, promising full federal cooperation with cleanup efforts and urging insurance coverage firms to not use technicalities to restrict payouts.

“My message to everybody who’s affected – we’re all on this collectively,” Biden stated. “This is not about politics. Hurricane Ida did not care should you had been a Democrat or a Republican.”

New York’s FDR Drive, a serious artery on the east facet of Manhattan, and the Bronx River Parkway had been underwater late Wednesday. Movies shared on social media confirmed the Brooklyn Queens Expressway impassible, vehicles caught in streets in Elmhurst, Queens and water racing into subway stations in Manhattan.

New York police responded to quite a few 911 calls, however the division didn’t have an preliminary tally of what number of water rescues passed off as of Thursday afternoon.

In Brooklyn, Dan Melamid stated Thursday that he had been on the telephone with a pal when he appeared out the window of his residence and noticed how excessive the water was getting. 

“I believed this was Noah’s Ark,” he stated. 

He grabbed his flip-flops – the primary footwear out there – and ran to his automobile earlier than the floodwaters might sweep it away, a destiny others close to McCarren Park couldn’t keep away from. The water was practically in his automobile, however he was capable of drive to a spot a number of blocks from the worst flooding. Within the scramble, he misplaced a flip-flop.

“I needed to stroll residence barefoot,” he stated.

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The Nationwide Climate Service recorded 3.15 inches of rain in New York’s Central Park in a single hour late Wednesday, far surpassing the file 1.94 inches that fell in a single hour throughout Tropical Storm Henri lower than two weeks in the past.

Cedric Lewis, 27, who lives on Manhattan’s Higher West Facet, stated he noticed what appeared like a brand new pond in Central Park on Thursday morning. The water practically submerged a  tunnel, and Lewis estimated the flooding was about 7 toes deep.

“It appears like there’s alleged to be a pond right here. There are geese swimming,” Lewis stated, describing the scene as just like one thing out of “The Wizard of Oz.” “You can dive off the bridge into this water and it would be wonderful.”

In New Jersey, 4 individuals had been discovered useless in an residence advanced after greater than 6 inches of rain drenched Elizabeth, metropolis officers stated. Passaic Mayor Hector Lora stated one individual died there in a submerged automobile. Passaic officers additionally stated they concern a lady and her little one had been swept away by the flooding. 

Flooding additionally killed two individuals in Hillsborough and two in Bridgewater, and one in Milford Borough, the place authorities discovered a person’s physique in a automobile buried as much as its hood in filth and rocks, authorities stated.

Anthony Lauro, proprietor of Anthony’s Cheesecake & Restaurant in Bloomfield, New Jersey, stated he hadn’t been this upset since his mom died.

His restaurant, which was simply reworked in March after a dismal yr due to COVID-19, is destroyed. Water and dust cowl the flooring of the kitchen and eating room. The basement is submerged in 5 toes of water. All of the storage, inventory and meals within the restaurant are unsalvageable. The outside café is toppled and muddy.

“We misplaced just about the whole lot,” he stated.

In Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County, a lady died when a tree fell on her residence and two different individuals drowned, stated Valerie Arkoosh, chairperson county Board of Commissioners. And in Maryland, one individual died after heavy rains flooded an residence advanced in Rockville.

The storm-weary Delaware Valley area spent a lot of Thursday cleansing up from Ida’s heavy downpours and extreme thunderstorms, whereas maintaining a tally of rivers and creeks that continued to rise even because the clouds parted and Ida moved north.

“It is good to be on the riverfront till you are within the river,” stated Morrisville Borough, Pennsylvania, resident Frank McCarthy as he and his spouse took a stroll with many different pedestrians to view Delaware River flooding first-hand.

Flooding was additionally reported in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Greater than 127,000 houses and companies within the area had been with out energy Thursday afternoon.


Ida brings rain and floods throughout Pennsylvania

Tropical Rainstorm Ida introduced downpours and flooding to western and central Pennsylvania on Sept. 1.


The area underwater, Amtrak suspended prepare service between Washington, D.C., and Boston for departures scheduled earlier than midday Thursday. Tons of of flights and trains had been canceled Thursday morning, and the Federal Aviation Administration suggested vacationers to pay attention to the evolving state of affairs.

“Flooding continues to have an effect on elements of the Northeast and New England as we speak. Keep in mind to test together with your airline on your flight standing earlier than leaving residence. Don’t drive via flooded roadways,” the FAA stated on Twitter.

NYC subway standing in flux 

Subway stations and tracks turned so flooded that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority suspended all service. Movies posted on-line confirmed subway riders standing on seats in vehicles full of water.

Though the rain had ended in a single day, 21 areas of the New York Metropolis subway system nonetheless had some flooding as of 6 a.m., performing MTA Chairman Janno Lieber advised NY1. Pumping was persevering with, and subway service ought to improve, however Lieber declined to foretell when the system would return to full service.

“Service throughout our system is extraordinarily restricted as we work to get well from final night time’s heavy rainfall and flooding,” MTA stated in a 9:31 a.m. discover on its web site. “Arrivals and journey instances in our apps and web sites is probably not correct. Please keep away from all pointless journey presently.”

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Historic rainfall swamps Pennsylvania

Ida might go down as one of many wettest storms to undergo central Pennsylvania, in response to the Nationwide Climate Service. Some areas reported greater than 6 inches of rain, flooding roads and overflowing creeks. The area had various warnings or watches for tornadoes, thunderstorms and flash floods.

In Philadelphia, Schuylkill River flooding compelled officers to shut elements of the Vine Road Expressway and Schuylkill Expressway, two main commuter arteries. Throughout the state, about 3,000 individuals had been evacuated close to town of Johnstown – the place the Nice Flood of 1889 killed greater than 2,000 – after heavy rains threatened an area dam. And 40 children and their driver needed to be rescued from a college bus trapped in excessive water in Shaler Township outdoors Pittsburgh.

On Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf urged residents to have persistence as state and native emergency officers continued harm assessments.

“We now have a protracted highway forward of us,” Wolf stated. “We skilled a historic storm right here.”

New Jersey airport, public transit battle

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency in all of New Jersey’s 21 counties. Jarring footage confirmed water inside Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport and water speeding into baggage services. The airport introduced on Twitter that it had suspended all flight exercise as of 10:30 p.m. Restricted flights started a few hours later. 

“Because of the vacation weekend and the restoration from tropical storm Ida, please enable further time when touring via Newark Airport,” the airport tweeted Thursday afternoon.

New Jersey Transit stated nearly all prepare service was suspended. Buses and lightweight rail had been working with “important” cancellations, detours and delays, and different rail line service was anticipated to resume Friday, the company stated in a tweet.

In Passaic, the person who died was one in all three occupants in a submerged automobile. Firefighters managed to rescue the person’s 66-year-old spouse and their 26-year-old son. The names of all these concerned have but to be launched.

Authorities had been looking for a girl and her child – who could have been swept up in the identical culvert that carried away a 24-year-old DoorDash driver again in July.

Struggles proceed in Louisiana, the place Ida’s rage started

In the meantime, some lights had been lastly coming again on in New Orleans. The ability was on earlier than daybreak Thursday within the metropolis’s central enterprise district, Uptown, Midtown, New Orleans East and the Carrollton space, the electrical energy firm Entergy introduced. Utility crews additionally restored energy to Ochsner’s important hospital campus in Jefferson Parish and a number of other hospitals close to Baton Rouge. Metropolis crews fully cleared some New Orleans streets of fallen timber and particles, and some nook shops reopened.

Exterior New Orleans, neighborhoods remained flooded and residents had been nonetheless at nighttime. Greater than 1,200 individuals had been strolling via a few of Ida’s hardest-hit communities to search for these needing assist, in response to the Louisiana Fireplace Marshal’s workplace. President Joe Biden was scheduled to go to Louisiana on Friday to survey the harm, the White Home stated.

Bacon reported from Arlington, Virginia. Contributing: Morgan Hines, Christal Hayes and Kevin McCoy, USA TODAY; Matt Fagan, NorthJersey.com; The Related Press

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