PHOTOS: We waded into parts of Philadelphia that are underwater after remnants of Hurricane Ida swept through the region

Flooding in Philadelphia
The flooding in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from Hurricane Ida’s remnants, seen here on Wednesday, September 2, shut down a major highway in the city. Charles Davis/Insider
  • Ida dumped rain across the Northeast on Wednesday, causing major flooding from NYC to Philadelphia.
  • Areas of New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts were drenched with nine inches, NOAA said.
  • Insider waded into Philadelphia to capture the aftermath.
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Firefighters deployed a motorboat in Center City.
Flooding in Philadelphia
Long-time residents said they have never seen such flooding.
Flooding in Philadelphia
The Vine Street Expressway is normally jammed with traffic.
Flooding in Philadelphia
The highway is a major artery that cuts through the center of Philadelphia.
Flooding in Philadelphia
The floodwater was at least 10 feet (3.05m) high.
Flooding in Philadelphia
Exit ramps were lined with stalled cars.
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Flooding was worse closer to the Schuylkill River.
Flooding in Philadelphia
The flash flooding was accompanied by several tornadoes in the area.
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It’s not yet clear when the highway will reopen.
Flooding in Philadelphia
The Vine Street Expressway connects to several major highways.
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Parts of the expressway looked like a river itself.
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Floodwaters destroyed cars at several apartment buildings.
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In some cases, the water rushed in before owners could act.
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Firefighters were working to clear streets in Center City.
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Flooding was particularly bad near Arch Street and 22nd.
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Flooding blocked access to buildings in Center City.
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Dozens of cars around the city were at least partially submerged.
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Firefighters worked all morning to clear the streets.
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First-responders deployed a special operations unit.
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Floodwaters were several feet high in parts of Center City.
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The water forced Center City to establish detours that stretched along several blocks in the area.
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Some residents tried to access their flooded vehicles.
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The floodwaters appeared to cause some property damage.
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Several contiguous blocks were underwater west of City Hall.
Flooding in Philadelphia