Video shows people being rescued from NJ home


CRANFORD, N.J. (WPIX) — Crews rescued people from a flooded home in Cranford, New Jersey Thursday, a day after Tropical Storm Ida flooded several cities in the northeast.

Crews navigated a raft up to a flooded home. The bottom half of the multistory home appeared to be completely underwater. Four people then made their way out of the home and onto the raft.

The crew brought those rescued to dry land.

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Seen left, crews rescued people from a flooded home in Cranford, New Jersey, on Sept. 2, 2021. When the crews brought them to safety, children could be seen picnicking nearby, pictured right. (AIR11)

Wednesday’s storm took much of the tri-state area by surprise. Roadways and public transit in New Jersey and New York flooded, and more than a dozen people died between the two states.

At least 12 people died in New York City, police said, one of them in a car and eight in flooded basement apartments that often serve as relatively affordable homes in one of the nation’s most expensive housing markets.

Officials said at least eight died in New Jersey and three in Pennsylvania’s suburban Montgomery County; one was killed by a falling tree, one drowned in a car and another in a home.

An on-duty state trooper in Connecticut was swept away in his cruiser and later taken to a hospital, state police and local authorities said.

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