By Mia Stevens
According to reports from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and Mayor Hector Lora of Passaic, New Jersey at least 8 people have been killed due to floods caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. On September 1st, 2021 Newark, New Jersey set a new record for daily rainfall amount as the city had received 8.41” of rain that day. A massive increase from the previous record of 2.22” which was set in 1959.
A majority of the fatalities were because the flood consumed people’s homes before they had a chance to safely evacuate. Many of the people were unreachable by the police or suffered from their homes collapsing. In an attempt to safely respond and overcome the disaster, New York instituted new safety protocols, one of them being a travel ban for non-emergency vehicles. Officials are hopeful this plus other extensive protocols can help begin to diffuse the situation and at least provide more safety and comfort for the people in the area.