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Ida blamed for several nursing home resident deaths

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Ida aftermath

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Louisiana health officials say four nursing home residents died and that three of the deaths are connected to Hurricane Ida.

Health inspectors from the Louisiana State Health Department said in a news release Thursday that they haven't been able to investigate fully because they were turned away from an evacuation facility to which the residents had been brought.

The officials say three of the deaths are considered storm-related. They say they have "significant concerns" about the evacuation facility and have been working to find safe places for all 843 residents.


NEW YORK (AP) -- A stunned U.S. East Coast is facing a rising death toll, surging rivers, tornado damage and continuing calls for rescue after the remnants of Hurricane Ida walloped the region with record-breaking rain.

At least 26 deaths have been linked to flooding from Maryland to New York from the storm's strike Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Police in New York City reported nine deaths, as basement apartments suddenly filled with water and roads turned into rivers.

Local media reported at least eight deaths in New Jersey and three were reported in a county outside Philadelphia.


NEW YORK (AP) — The remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped historic rain over the tri-state area, with at least 14 deaths linked to flooding in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Police in New York City reported eight deaths, as basement apartments suddenly filled with water and freeways and boulevards turned into rivers. Local media reported at least six deaths in New Jersey and “multiple fatalities” were reported in a county outside Philadelphia.

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The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority suspended all service overnight because of the flooding. Some limited service was operating Thursday morning.

The storm moved into southern New England overnight where inundated roads were causing commuter delays.

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