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Police Look For Missing In Wake Of Catastrophic Ida Flooding

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A man who gave his name as John, helps to clean a friend's basement, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 in the Queens borough of New York. The area was flooded Wednesday as rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida sent the New York City area into a state of emergency. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(AP) — Police were going door to door and tallying lists of people still missing as the death toll edged higher Friday from catastrophic flooding spurred by remnants of Hurricane Ida that swept the Northeast U.S. — a disaster that underscored how ill-prepared the country is for extreme weather brought by climate change. At least 49 people in five states died as storm water filled people’s homes and engulfed vehicles, overwhelming urban drainage systems never meant to handle so much rain in such a short time.

Commuter trains north of New York City remained suspended or severely curtailed. Subways were running with delays or not at all. Late Thursday, President Joe Biden approved emergency declarations for New York and New Jersey.

 

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