Ida's Massive Flooding Wreaks Havoc in the Northeast
ABC News reports More than 25 deaths after Ida remnants slam Northeast
In a region that had been warned about potentially deadly flash flooding but hadn't braced for such a blow from the no-longer-hurricane, the storm killed at least 26 people from Maryland to New York on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
At least 12 people died in New York City, police said, one of them in a car and eight in flooded basement apartments that often serve as relatively affordable homes in one of the nation’s most expensive housing markets. Officials said at least eight died in New Jersey and three in Pennsylvania's suburban Montgomery County; one was killed by a falling tree, one drowned in a car and another in a home. An on-duty state trooper in Connecticut was swept away in his cruiser and later taken to a hospital, state police and local authorities said.
At one Queens development, water filled the sunken patio of a basement apartment, then broke through a glass door and rushed in, trapping a 48-year-old woman in 6 feet (2 meters) of water. Neighbors unsuccessfully tried for an hour to save her.
In Frederick County, Maryland, first responders used a boat to rescue 10 children and a driver from a school bus caught in rising flood waters. The county's school superintendent apologized for not dismissing students earlier, The Frederick News-Post reported.
Death Toll Rises With Every Report
Moments ago the WSJ had the toll of at least 17, ABC at more than 25, NBC reports Toddler among at least 29 dead as Ida batters Northeast with record rain and floods.
At least 29 people were killed as the remnants of Hurricane Ida battered the Northeast with tornadoes, record rain and flooding that left the area deluged and under states of emergency on Thursday.
Videos on social media showed cars submerged on highways and water pouring into subway stations and homes after a wind-driven downpour shattered rainfall records and prompted an unprecedented flash flood emergency for New York City.
Four women, three men and a 2-year-old boy died in five separate flooding incidents in the city, police said. All eight victims lived in Queens and died in the basements of residential homes, according to New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea.
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The Expected Political Side
Biden uses Ida and the West coast fires to promote his 3.5 trillion spending proposal. The disasters may indeed aid his cause.
Expect to pay more for everything if Biden gets his way.
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