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Newark Reports 485 Rescues, 185 Abandoned Vehicles During Tropical Storm Ida’s Wrath Through NJ

By rlsmetro on

Newark officials are reporting that members of the Newark Department of Public Safety rescued 485 individuals trapped in flooded areas due to Tropical Depression Ida overnight.

Newark firefighters rescued nearly 430 individuals, including the assist of 215 passengers trapped on a New Jersey Transit train that had lost power at Toler Place, near Newark Airport, at 2:50 a.m.

Newark Police reported 56 overnight rescues.

Officials said at the height of the storm, approximately 24,000 residents lost power. Currently, some 2,100 households are awaiting service to be restored by PSEG, including 70 households in the area of Mapes Avenue and Henderson Street.

A total of 185 abandoned vehicles required removal from Newark roadways.

Abandoned vehicles are being moved to the side of the road to facilitate traffic flow.

All drivers are strongly advised to avoid driving along flooded streets.

Remaining flooded locations include:

Frelinghuysen Ave and Rt. 22, South Street from Pulaski Street to Mulberry Street (Closed), Central Avenue and Duryea Street, 1st Ave / Bloomfield Avenue (North 10 & North 12), 82 Halstead Street, Broad St & RT 1 & 9 Ramp. 

The Newark Department of Public Works will pick up garbage today.

Residents are advised to call: 973-733-6000 for non-emergency weather-related incidents.

Dial 911 for emergencies.