New York City flooding Highlights: The death toll from flooding after the remnants of Hurricane Ida pummeled cities in the East rose sharply to 49 on Thursday after New Jersey announced at least 23 people had died there.
Dozens have died in six Eastern states — Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia — after the storm brought unprecedented rainfall to some areas. The death toll included a state trooper in Connecticut who was swept away as he responded to a missing person’s call.
The remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped ‘historic rain’ over New York City as basement apartments suddenly filled with water and freeways and boulevards turned into rivers, submerging cars.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio described the flooding and weather on Wednesday night as a “historic weather event,” and the National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency in New York City for the first time.
Photos and Videos on social media showed water gushing out of New York City subway and city streets. Other videos showed vehicles submerged up to their windows on major roadways in and around the city and garbage bobbing down the streets.