New York declares state of emergency over ‘brutal flooding’

New York declares state of emergency over 'brutal flooding'
More than three inches (8cm) of rain has fallen in parts of New York. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: New York city has declared state of emergency after it was hit by record rainfall and flash flooding as a result of Hurricane Ida.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the New York city was “enduring a historic weather event” with “brutal flooding” and “dangerous conditions” on the roads.

Social media footage showed water pouring into people’s homes and subway stations, and flooded roads.

New Jersey reported at least one death and also declared an emergency.

The local mayor said that a person drowned in Passaic, New Jersey. A tornado also destroyed at least 9 homes in Mullica Hill, in the same state.

In Kearny, New Jersey, the roof of a postal building collapsed with people inside at the time, police said. Rescuers are on the scene, but it’s unclear how many injuries there might be.

The National Weather Service said it had recorded 8cm (3.15 inches) of rain in New York’s Central Park in one hour.

New York fire department has said it is responding to calls from across the city and police have urged people to stay off the roads.

New York’s subway has mostly closed because of the flood, and many train services and flights out of New York and New Jersey have been suspended.

The remnants of the tropical storm Ida have been pushing north across the east of the country, having hit Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday.

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