The victims of Hurricane Ida’s brutal attack on the northeastern states include a 65-year-old retired school bus driver who drowned in his Mazda in Pennsylvania after pushing his wife out of the rear window to save her, a New York rabbi whose vehicle drifted away as water rushed through the state, a family of three who drowned in their Queens’ basement, and a
Ida’s death toll in the northeastern states is now 46. Thirteen people died in New York City — mostly in basement apartments that were suddenly flooded Wednesday night. In New Jersey, more than 20 people died in flooded homes or on the road.
There were also deaths in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. President Biden will visit Louisiana, where the storm first hit homes, later this morning.
As many people died in the Northeast as in New York City from Hurricane Sandy.
Donald Bauer was driving 65 from watching his daughter’s volleyball game in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, when his Mazda was overwhelmed by water. He and his wife Katherine – known as Kate – were in the car.
Bauer pushed his wife in the back of the car and out the back window, windshield, and told her to go! To go!’. She ran to a tree and clung to her life before being rescued an hour later, but he drowned in the vehicle. His body was recovered Thursday. The couple’s 23-year-old son, Darby, told AP that his father’s heroism saved his mother’s life.
“My dad started pushing my mom out and telling her to go and go and go. All she remembers being pushed out of the car was him touching her one last time and yelling at her to go.
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Don Bauer, 65, rescued his wife Kate during the storm surge on Thursday. He pushed her out the back window of their SUV, but drowned. The Pennsylvania couple had been married for 26 years and were on their way home from their daughter’s volleyball game. Rabbi Shmuel Dovid Weissmandel died in his car driving between Monsey and Mount Kisco, New York
Ang Lama, 50, and his two-year-old son (pictured left) drowned Wednesday evening in their basement apartment along with the two-year-old’s mother, who is not pictured. They were at their home in Queens, New York City. Right, Connecticut State Trooper Sgt. Brian Mohl who died in his cruiser on the midnight shift
“He was selfless until his last act,” he said.
The couple had just celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary.
Rabbi Shmuel Dovid Weissmandel was driving from Monsey to his home in Mount Kisco when the roads were flooded with water. He contacted his family and asked them to arrange a rescue operation.
His son, Moshe Elya, posted a WhatsApp status begging for help, but no one could reach him. His body was found in his car on Thursday.
Katherine Bauer clung to a tree and watched the rising waters carry their Mazda SUV out of sight. She was rescued about an hour later.
Donald Bauer’s body was found the next morning. He was still in the vehicle.
The couple had attended their daughter’s volleyball game and were trying to return to their home in Perkiomenville in the worsening storm when their Mazda died and began to float.
Don Bauer was a retired school bus driver. He and his wife Kate were driving home from their daughter Sophie’s volleyball game in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, when their Mazda SUV was overpowered. Kate clung to a tree for an hour after being pushed out of the car by her husband. The couple is shown with their children, Darby and Sophie
Darby Bauer said his father, a 65-year-old retired school bus driver, saved his mother’s life “100%”.
“I don’t think she would have gotten out of the car without his help,” he said.
“He was selfless right up to his last act,” said Bauer’s son Darby.
Sergeant Brian Mohl, 50, was working a night shift in the town of Woodbury when the storm brought torrential rain across the northeast, leading to flash flooding.
At 3:30 a.m., Mohl called for help and said his cruiser was swept near Jack’s Bridge, over the Weekepeemee River, State Police Colonel Stavros Mellekas said.
Troop L got a distress call from the sergeant that his vehicle was in fast water and that he was in distress. That was the last they heard from him.’ Mellekas said this at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
Rescue teams rushed to help, but could not locate the cruiser or Mohl.
Troopers tried to contact him and even ping the sergeant’s cell phone to find out his location, but were unable to find him.
“We immediately sent all the resources out with the fire brigade, diving teams – anything you can think of,” Mellekas said.
Ang Lama, 50, Mingma Sherpa, 48, and their two-year-old son, Ang (full name Lobsang), were found dead Thursday morning at the Woodside, Queens estate.
The death toll in the northeastern United States from the remains of Hurricane Ida rose to 46 on Thursday after the region was hit by record rains and dangerous flooding. The image above shows Bound Brook, New Jersey on Thursday
President Joe Biden on Thursday approved a request from New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to declare the Garden State a disaster area. Bound Brook, New Jersey can be seen above on Thursday
Twins Rasmus and Peter Meyer Rader, 5, and their boyfriend, Linus Bonet Demming, 4, explore a flooded area around a Brooklyn park on Thursday
Water from the flash flood — caused by the remains of Hurricane Ida — began flowing into the family’s basement apartment around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, as Sherpa frantically called her upstairs neighbor for help.
“The water is coming in now… The water is coming out the window!” Sherpa reportedly yelled through the phone at Choi Sledge, who lives on the third floor of the complex.
Choi told The New York Times that she urged the family to “get out” and go upstairs. When Choi tried to call back minutes later, there was no answer.
The basement has only one door and the residents can only go outside via an external staircase.
Deborah Torres, who lives on the first floor of the complex, says she believes the stairs may have flooded with running water, making it impossible for the family to escape.
‘I think the pressure of the water was too strong that they couldn’t open the door’ [to get out and up the stairs] Torres told The New York Daily News. ‘The [basement] was like a swimming pool with stairs.’
BEFORE AND AFTER: The satellite images above show TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots, the AA affiliate of the New York Yankees, in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey, on August 25 (left) and Thursday (right)
BEFORE AND AFTER: The satellite images above show Memorial Parkway in New Brunswick, New Jersey on July 14, 2020 (left) and Thursday (right)
BEFORE AND AFTER: The satellite images above show homes and railroad tracks in Manville, New Jersey as seen on August 25 (left) and Thursday (right)
The death toll from Hurricane Ida in the northeast has risen to 46 in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Connecticut, with photos from the region showing cars stranded on highways as bodies are found in flooded basement apartments.
With the extent of the devastation in the Northeast revealed, President Joe Biden will visit Louisiana on Friday to get a first-hand look at the destruction wrought by Ida that ripped through the southern part of the state, killing 1 million people. left without power.
Biden will take an aerial tour of hard-hit communities, including Laffite, Grand Isle, Port Fourchon and Lafourche Parish, before meeting local leaders in Galliano, Louisiana, the White House said.
On Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it has dispatched a surveillance plane to an area of Louisiana hit hard by Hurricane Ida, including a refinery where an apparent oil leak has been reported.
The fifth most powerful hurricane to hit the United States made landfall in southern Louisiana on Sunday, cutting power to more than a million customers and water for another 600,000 people, creating dire conditions for those affected who also dealing with stifling heat and humidity.
At Biden’s direction, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Thursday authorized an exchange of 1.5 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to Exxon Mobil to alleviate fuel outages in the wake of the hurricane.