Ida updates: Death toll rising in Northeast after catastrophic flooding
The remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped flooding rain, spawned tornadoes across the Northeast and caused dozens of deaths in areas where the storm landed.
So far in the Northeast, at least 48 deaths have been attributed to the storm. Overall, there have been at least 61 deaths across eight U.S. states related to Ida.
President Joe Biden approved New York and New Jersey emergency declarations due to the storms and spoke on Ida's damage in the Northeast Thursday afternoon, citing that New York recorded more rain Wednesday "than it usually sees the entire month of September."
"People were trapped in the subways. But the heroic men and women of the New York Fire Department rescued all of them. They were trapped," Biden said.
He said he's made it clear to East Coast governors that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is "on the ground" and ready to provide assistance.
A flash flood emergency was declared for the first time in New York City as subway stations were turned into waterfalls and Midtown streets became rivers. The state of New York and New York City each declared states of emergency.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday morning the death toll in the Big Apple was nine. That number rose to 13 by the evening.
"We saw a horrifying storm last night. Unlike anything we've seen before," de Blasio said. "Unfortunately the price paid by some New Yorkers was horrible and tragic."
New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea said at least eight deaths took place in residential homes in basements.
Most of the city's fatalities were in Queens.
Officers responding to a flooding condition at a partially collapsed building early Thursday in the borough found two people - a 43-year-old female and a 22-year-old male - unconscious and unresponsive inside, the NYPD said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was taken to the local hospital, where she later died. "The investigation is ongoing and the Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. The identification of the deceased is pending family notification," the NYPD said.
At a second flooded location in Queens, the NYPD said they found a 50-year-old man, a 48-year-old woman and a 2-year-old boy unconscious and unresponsive within the residence. They were all pronounced dead at the scene.
Also in Queens, police responded to a 911 call of a flooding condition and discovered a 48-year-old female, unconscious and unresponsive, within the residence. "The aided female was removed by EMS to Forest Hills Hospital where she was pronounced deceased," the NYPD said.
An 86-year-old woman also died in her Queens apartment due to flooding, police said.
On Thursday afternoon, the landlord at an apartment in Flushing called 911 to say there were three bodies submerged in a flooded basement, according to the FDNY.
"FDNY members rescued hundreds of people citywide during the storm, removing occupants from trapped vehicles on flooded roadways and removing New Yorkers from subway stations," department spokesman Frank Dwyer told ABC News.
After responding to a flooding incident in Brooklyn, the NYPD said officers found "a 66-year-old male, unresponsive and unconscious, within the residence." He was pronounced dead at the scene.