The storm that has ravaged the northeast of the United States has cost at least 44 lives in the states of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The foothills of Hurricane Ida, which landed in southern Louisiana earlier in the week, resulted in exceptionally heavy rainfall, tornadoes and numerous floods and mudslides. A state of emergency has been declared in New Jersey and New York.
In New Jersey, 23 people died, Governor Phil Murphey reported on Twitter on Thursday.
“It was mainly people who drowned in their vehicles due to floods, we grieve with the relatives.”
According to police, 13 people died in New York City as a result of the tropical storm, while three died in nearby Westchester. Eleven of the people in New York died because they were trapped in the basement of their house. In a suburb of Philadelphia four people died, while in Connecticut a police officer died when his car was dragged by the water.
On Thursday, US president Joe Biden declared a state of emergency in both New York and New Jersey, giving aid workers from the federal government more support in the rescue operations. Biden praised New York’s” heroic ” fire department for rescuing people from flooded subway stations.
In the center of New York City, record amounts of precipitation were measured. Mayor Bill de Blasio called the storm and the numerous floods in the city “historic”. Subway connections have also flooded, and trains and flights have failed due to flooding.
New York State Governor Kathy Hochul called for improvements to the infrastructure, which she believes the state is already investing heavily in. It called on insurers to deal with claims with determination.