5 people killed in floodwaters at a New Jersey apartment complex as Ida’s remnants swept through the area

Flooding in Passaic, New Jersey.
Streets flooded in Passaic, New Jersey. Michael M. Santiago / Getty Images
  • Five Elizabeth, New Jersey residents were found dead at an apartment complex on Thursday as a result of flooding from Ida’s remnants.
  • The building likely saw about 8 feet (2.44m) of flooding, according to Kelly Martins, public information officer for Elizabeth.
  • Four of the deceased were found together, three of whom were a family.
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Five people have been found dead in a flooded Elizabeth, New Jersey apartment complex, city officials told Insider.

The residents died as a result of flooding in the aftermath of storms caused by Hurricane Ida’s remnants on Wednesday night, public information officer Kelly Martins said.

The victims’ cause of death hasn’t been confirmed.

Oakwood Plaza is located across the street from the Elizabeth Fire Department, which was hit with eight feet of flooding from the storms, Martins added.

She believed the apartment complex saw similar levels of flooding.

Four of the deceased were found together on Thursday at 430 Irvington Avenue in Elizabeth. Of the four, three were family and one was a neighbor.

The family was comprised of a 72-year-old female wife, a 71-year-old male husband, and a 38-year-old male son. The neighbor was a 33-year-old female.

There is no information on the fifth person found at this time and no names have been released.

The owner of the building along with the police officers and firefighters are going door-to-door in the apartment building, doing wellness checks, and making sure other Oakwood Plaza residents are safe, Martins said.

“Hundreds” of people are currently displaced, Martins said. The town is looking to open a nearby school as a shelter for the apartment complex residents for the time being.

At least 14 people have been killed in the storms across the tri-state area, which caused major flooding in New York City, New Jersey, and Philadelphia and also spawned devastating tornadoes.