At least twenty-two dead as footage shows significant flooding in New York City and New Jersey

Torrential rain spawned significant flooding across northern New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, and other areas on Wednesday night as the remnants of Hurricane Ida passed over the region.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared an emergency for the city, while officials on Thursday morning confirmed that at least 22 people had died in New York and New Jersey due to the severe weather. “I’m declaring a state of emergency in New York City tonight. We’re enduring an historic weather event tonight with record breaking rain across the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads,” he wrote.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) suspended subway service for most areas in the city due to floodwaters entering subway stations and the tracks. New Yorkers and New Jersey residents uploaded footage on Twitter and social media of cars being flooded, flooded subways, backflushing toilets, water entering people’s apartments, and buses driving through high waters.

The Newark International Airport was forced to shut down and suspend flights due to flooding. Videos showed the baggage claim area entirely covered in floodwaters. As of Thursday morning, the City of New York said there are travel advisories in effect. “Avoid non-emergency travel,” the city wrote on Twitter, adding that “mass transit is very limited and delayed.”

Major flooding along the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania swamped highways, submerged cars, and disrupted rail service in the Philadelphia area. In a tweet, city officials predicted “historic flooding” on Thursday as river levels continue to rise. The riverside community of Manayunk remained largely under water.



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