25 people killed in Ida, rivers may still rise

The remnants of Hurricane Ida has taken 25 lives across New Jersey, left thousands without power and dozens of streets underwater. And just as towns are grappling with the scope of the damage, more flooding is looming as rivers are predicted to crest over the next 12 to 24 hours.

The intense rain — at times reaching rates of more than 3 inches per hour — flooded out roads and highways, the baggage claim at Newark Liberty Airport’s Terminal B and downtown streets.

In Passaic, a man was killed after Ida’s floodwaters engulfed the car he was in. Firefighters and rescue crews pulled two men from a submerged car, but were unable to save the third occupant. 

“They tried to do all they could to rescue this man,” Passaic Mayor Hector Lora said. 

Rescue workers were also searching for two more people, Lora said. 

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A second death in the area was confirmed by Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia, who said a resident died while trying to hook something up outside during the storm.

Gov. Phil Murphy said that most of the deaths across the state were people stuck in cars as floodwaters overtook their vehicles.

The storm led Murphy to declare a state of emergency late Wednesday as officials looked to clear the roads of travelers as rescue teams and first responders swarmed to hard-hit areas.

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