Gov. Murphy: At least 23 New Jersey residents have died from Ida; most overtaken by floodwaters
Gov. Phil Murphy says that at least 23 New Jersey residents have died as a result of Ida. He says most were overtaken by floodwaters while inside of their vehicles.
Four people were found dead in an apartment complex in Elizabeth. An initial report from city officials had said five people were found.
Elizabeth spokesperson Kelly Martins says the victims include a 72-year-old woman and her 71-year-old husband along with their 38-year-old son. A 33-year-old woman who was their neighbor also perished. The names of the victims were not released.
Passaic Mayor Hector Lora said a 70-year-old man died when he was swept away by floodwaters.
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“His family was rescued, they were all in the same car. Unfortunately, the car was overtaken by the waters, and the firefighters who were being dragged down under the vehicle were unable to get him out,” Lora said.
Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency in all of New Jersey’s 21 counties, urging people to stay off the flooded roads.
Rivers likely won’t crest for a few more days, raising the possibility of more widespread flooding.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.