NEW YORK-The police went from house to house to find more possible victims and drafted a list of missing persons. On Friday, the remnants of Hurricane Ida caused catastrophic flooding in the northeast, causing the death toll to rise to 49.
The heartbreaking disaster clearly highlights how vulnerable the United States is to the extreme weather brought about by climate change. Subsequently, officials weighed new and far-reaching measures to save lives in future storms.
More than three days after the hurricane made landfall in Louisiana, the rainy remains of Ida hit the northeast with alarming fury on Wednesday and Thursday, flooding cars, subway stations and basement apartments, and drowning in five states. Dozens of people.
The heavy rainfall flooded the city’s drainage system, and it was never intended to treat so much water in such a short period of time-New York City had a record 3 inches of water in an hour.
On Friday, the community worked to tow away damaged vehicles, evacuated houses and highways, cleared dirt and other debris, restored public transportation, and made sure that everyone involved in the storm was included on the list.
Even after the dark clouds gave way to the blue sky, some rivers and streams were still rising. Part of the swollen Pasek River in New Jersey is not expected to reach its peak until Friday night.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy warned: “People think that the outside is beautiful. In fact, this has passed. We can do business as usual, but we are not there yet.”
At least 25 people were killed in New Jersey, the highest death toll of any state. Most people drowned after their vehicles were flooded. Murphy said that at least six people are missing.
In New York City, 11 people died because they could not escape the rising water levels in low-lying apartments.
The New York subway is delayed or not running at all. In the north of the city, commuter train services are still suspended or severely reduced. In the Hudson Valley, the train tracks are covered with several feet of mud.
Floods and fallen trees also claimed lives in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New York.
Although the storm destroyed homes and power grids in Louisiana and Mississippi, and more than 800,000 people were out of power as of Friday, it turned out to be more deadly in the northeast, 1,000 miles away, where the death toll has exceeded so far. The 13 people reported were killed in Shennan.
Ada was the deadliest hurricane in the United States in four years.
In the second wave of disasters in the northeast, fires broke out in flooded houses and businesses, many of which were inaccessible due to flooding. The authorities suspect that a gas leak caused by the flood fueled the fire.
A banquet hall in Manville, New Jersey caught fire at around 2 am on Friday. Its owner, Jayesh Mehta (Jayesh Mehta) said that he felt helpless and heartbroken by watching photos and videos of his hot business.
“I don’t know what to do and how to deal with such a thing,” Mehta told NJ Advance Media.
In Philadelphia, as people in communities along the swelling Schuylkill River began to clean up and assess the damage, part of the cross-city Vine Street highway was still covered by water. The river reached its highest water level since 1902. The staff used seven large pumps to drain the flooded highway, leaving an inch of mud where the road dries up.
Officials said they hope to reopen the highway by Saturday afternoon, when thousands of people are expected to flock to the area to participate in the two-day Made in America music festival, which Mayor Jim Kenney insisted. The festival will proceed as planned.
In New York City, the police team knocked on the door to check if anyone was left behind. The police reviewed emergency calls when the storm hits to determine where people might be harmed. On Wednesday night, calls to the city’s 911 system reached 12 times the normal level.
New York City Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison said Thursday night: “I don’t have a definitive answer about the actual number of missing persons, but we will continue to work hard throughout the day, throughout the night, to ensure that we determine everyone’s Location.”
In Wilmington, Delaware, after the Brandy River reached a record water level, workers rescued more than 200 people and flooded roads, bridges and houses. No major casualties were reported.
Ada landed ashore in Louisiana on Sunday, becoming the fifth-strongest storm ever to hit the continental United States, and then moved north. Forecasters have warned of dangerous flooding, but the intensity of the storm caught the most densely populated metropolitan corridor in the United States by surprise.
Some state leaders promised to study whether any measures can be taken to prevent such disasters from happening again.
After Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012, New Jersey and New York both spent billions of dollars to improve flood defenses, but most of this work focused on protecting communities from seawater, not rainwater.
New York State Governor Kathy Hochul said that the region needs to turn its attention to rainwater systems, which are not prepared to deal with more frequent flash floods in the future due to climate change.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city will try to clear people from roads, subways and basement apartments before heavy rains, and will ban travel just like during heavy snowstorms. He said the city will also send mobile phone alerts to warn people to leave basement apartments and send city staff to take them to shelters.
“It’s not just telling people that you have to leave your apartment,” De Blasio said. “It will work door-to-door with our first responders and other city agencies to get people out.”