NEW YORK: The death toll from the remnants of Hurricane Ida’s stunning blast through the northeast United States rose to at least 14 on Thursday after a wide swath of the region became overwhelmed by fierce downpours and localized flooding, reports USA Today.
At least eight people in New York City died in the storm, police said. In New Jersey, five people were found dead in an apartment complex after more than six inches of rain drenched the city of Elizabeth, Mayor Chris Bollwage said. Passaic Mayor Hector Lora said one person died there in a submerged car. Passaic officials also said they fear a woman and her child were swept away by the flooding.
The carnage comes days after Hurricane Ida barreled ashore Sunday in Louisiana packing 150-mph winds. At least seven deaths had been reported earlier, including two each in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and one Maryland. Power remained out to almost 1 million Louisiana power customers Thursday.
In New York, flooding 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.”