At least seven people in New York City died on Wednesday night after heavy rains and flooding pounded the city, according to the New York Police Department.
An eighth victim is believed to have died in Passaic, N.J., after being trapped in a car in the rising floodwaters, Mayor Hector C. Lora said in an interview.
The New York City victims, whose names were not released, were found at four different locations in Queens and Brooklyn, and ranged in age from 2 to 66, according to the New York Police Department. Official causes of death will be determined later by the city’s medical examiner, the department said.
Three people, a 2-year-old boy, a 48-year-old woman and 50-year-old man, were found at a home in Queens around 10 p.m., according to the police department. They were pronounced dead at the scene, the police said.
Over the next 90 minutes, the police found the other victims, located at two more homes in Queens and one home in Brooklyn.
The deaths came as remnants of Hurricane Ida dropped record levels of rain throughout the New York area.
More than 7 inches of rain fell at Central Park, between 4 a.m. Wednesday and 4 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. At Newark Liberty International Airport, that figure was 8.44 inches.
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