At Least 45 Dead After Record Rains, Floods in U.S. Northeast

At least 45 people have died Wednesday and Thursday from the remnants of Hurricane Ida’s blast through the Northeast which struck the region with record-breaking rains and devastating floods.

State and local officials reported 23 deaths in New Jersey, 15 in New York, five in Pennsylvania, one in Maryland, and one in Connecticut.

More than one million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi remained without power when Ida toppled a major transmission tower and knocked out thousands of miles of electrical lines and hundreds of substations.

President Joe Biden on Thursday pledged to help those affected by the storm. He made it clear to East Coast governors that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is “on the ground” and ready to provide assistance.

U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski said the disaster should be a “wake-up call” to Americans.

“Anybody who believes that it’s too expensive to stop climate change … has got to wake up to the fact that we cannot afford not to,” said Malinowski.

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