At least nine people were killed overnight in New Jersey after flash floods from the remnants of Hurricane Ida inundated homes, swept away cars and overflowed rivers, officials said Thursday.
Five people, including three family members and a neighbor, in the Oakwood Plaza apartment complex in Elizabeth were killed sometime overnight, city spokeswoman Kelly Martins told The Post.
The Elizabeth Fire Department discovered the dead bodies of a married couple — a 72-year-old woman and 71-year-old man — along with their 38-year-old son and 33-year-old neighbor on Thursday morning.
Information on the fifth fatality from the complex, which was “completely flooded out,” was not immediately available, Martins said.
The first death was reported in Passaic. A 70-year-old man in his car with his family was killed after his vehicle was swept away, the town’s mayor Hector Lora told CBS.
“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.
The mayor said at least two other people were unaccounted for in the town and divers were searching for them Thursday morning.
Deaths were also reported in Milford Boro in Hunterdon County and Hillsborough in Somerset County, where at least two people died in separate incidents, according to the Associated Press and NJ.com.
The two people, whose identities are yet to be released, are believed to have driven into the flood and their vehicles were overtaken by the rising water sometime late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Deputy Chief Frank Roman Jr. told the outlet.
An additional number of people are still missing following the historic storm and rescue teams across the state are out doing wellness checks and searching for those who are still unaccounted for.
In New York City, at least eight people were killed by flash floods, bringing the region’s death toll to 17 as of Thursday morning.
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