Search resumes for 2 missing after car is washed away in storm | Connecticut News

PASSAIC, NJ (AP) — As New Jersey residents and businesses continue to spend the holiday weekend trying to clean up damage from last week’s hurricane, rescue workers resumed a search for two friends whose cars were trapped in floodwaters. Went.

Nidhi Rana, 18, and Aayush Rana, 21, were last seen on Wednesday evening, when their car started swimming towards a spot from where water flows towards the Passaic River. Pacific Mayor Hector Lora said in a text on Sunday that a dozen search boats were participating with the help of the state police air unit.

Governor Phil Murphy, who said Saturday night that the death toll in the Garden State had reached 27, said at least four people were missing in what he called a “historic” storm. He said he had already asked for federal aid and will continue to ask for more “because we need it.”

“We had rain in a lot of communities in two or three hours, which is usually a month or two,” Murphy told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. ‘Facing, more frequency and more intensity.

The remnants of Hurricane Ida killed at least 50 people in six eastern states when historic rains hit Wednesday, causing deadly flooding and flash storms.

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President Joe Biden is due in New Jersey and New York City on Tuesday to survey the damage caused by the storm, according to the White House.

Officials said a New Jersey victim, who died a day after the storm, apparently got electrocuted while trying to plug in a generator. Bloomfield Police told NJ.com that Aventino Soares, 58, of Bloomfield, was found by police officers on the side of Ampere Parkway House at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

According to his obituary, Soares was a founding member of a non-profit that was trying to repair a church in Portugal, the country of his birth. He immigrated to the United States in 1986 and lived in Newark before settling in Bloomfield in 1997. He is survived by a wife of 41 years, three children and several grandchildren, his obituary said.

In Connecticut, friends and colleagues remembered State Police Sgt. Brian Mohl as a caring and generous man who acted as a father figure to younger soldiers and enjoyed his son’s adventures on the football field.

The Mohal’s cruiser was washed away near the Pomprague River in Woodbury at around 3.30 a.m. on Thursday. The diving teams initially found the empty car and then Mohal’s body was found further down the river.

“If he needed a place to live, he would have taken the people,” said the state police sergeant. Corey Craft told The Hartford Courant. “He was a man behind the scenes with a heart of gold. The world has lost a good man.”

Mohal is scheduled to wake up at the Xfinity Theater in Hartford on September 8 and will be cremated there the next day.

An official told NJ Advance Media for NJ.com that a flood-damaged New Jersey school is likely to remain closed for the rest of the calendar year.

Superintendent Michael Burke said there is little chance that Creskill Middle/High School in Bergen County, which houses about 1,000 students, “will even be close to being ready by 2022 at the earliest.”

He said the district has got permission from the state education authorities to conduct virtual classes when the school year begins on Wednesday. He said officials are looking for off-campus places to work as classrooms and expect to have “at least a few grades” of in-person learning by November.

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