Storm Ida: after New York, the city of Philadelphia experiences major flooding


NATURAL DISASTER – Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc in the southern and northeastern United States and it was Philadelphia’s turn to be hit by torrential rains and flash floods.

Flooded roads, residents stuck in apartment buildings and a river that has reached its highest level: Hurricane Ida has arrived in Philadelphia. As the hurricane hit the southern and northeastern United States – at least fourteen people died in New York, New Jersey and Maryland, including a 2-year-old child – the state of the Pennsylvania is experiencing a lot of damage. The Schuylkill River is thus at its highest level since October 4, 1869, that is to say for 152 years, reports on Twitter the weather journalist of LCI, Guillaume Woznica. For its part, the Philadelphia transportation system, SEPTA, tweeted that widespread flooding throughout the system is causing service delays and cancellations.

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Several roads were cut due to the hurricane, disrupting traffic in this city of 1.5 million inhabitants. “It’s historic, there is no doubt about it”, Philadelphia City Council member Helen Gym told Eyewitness News, local media. We have never seen anything like it. I have lived in the neighborhood for over 25 years and there has never been a flood like this and I just think we have to keep an eye on everything and make sure everyone is safe this is the most important thing “, she added.

Philadelphia City Hall tweeted that city buildings would be closed on Thursday and encouraged employees who can work from home to do so. Schools have been forced to delay their opening hours – welcoming students two hours later than usual. Two other establishments were closed due to a power outage. “The city continues to deal with storm and flood damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ida,” they tweeted. In addition, the local media Eyewitness News learns that a number of people cannot leave their apartments due to flood waters.

On CNN, aerial footage shows rescues underway in Bridgeport, about 18 miles from Philadelphia, on flooded streets along the Schuylkill River. Keith Truman, director of the Borough of Bridgeport, told the station that they had rescued about 50 residents since the flooding overnight from Wednesday to Thursday. CNN reported earlier today that the stretch of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia rose three meters in just 8 hours. According to our latest information, the levels appear to be stabilizing.

The city continues to manage the damage – Philadelphia City Hall

Along with Philadelphia, all of the North and South-East of the United States are found under water. In New York, residents woke up this Thursday with their basements flooded and sometimes pieces of trees lying in their street, under a sky that became blue and sunny again. On Wednesday night, streets, avenues and expressways were suddenly transformed into torrents, both in Brooklyn and Queens and in Westchester County, north of the city. In this upscale seaside county, dozens of vehicles were still submerged in the early hours of the morning, and houses with finished basements were devastated by brackish and muddy water, sometimes up to two feet.

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The mayor of the American megalopolis Bill de Blasio announced during a press briefing that “nine New Yorkers” had lost their lives during the night, while the town hall of the city of Elizabeth, in neighboring New Jersey, told AFP that four people had died in the historic flooding, in the same building in the city. But the toll could be even heavier, US media advancing a total of 22 dead.

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