Governor Murphy reports 2 more Ida-related deaths in New Jersey, bringing total to 27

PISCATAWAY, New Jersey (WABC) – Governor Phil Murphy walked through flood-ravaged Birchview Gardens in Piscataway on Saturday, hoping to restore those whose livelihoods were washed away by the remnants of Hurricane Ida that took flooded the area.

The governor’s visit comes as the community mourns the loss of a resident whose body was found nearby Friday evening, authorities said – adding to the death toll, which now stands at 27 in the state.

“Some concerned friends have reported his disappearance – we’re just guessing what happened, but the individual may have been swept away by the current,” said Piscataway Mayor Brian Wahler.

“It’s sad that someone is stuck in the flow,” said Stephen Miller, a resident of Piscataway.

While residents wait for help to rebuild, the focus is now on cleanup.

River Castro’s family were rescued by boat as the nearby Raritan River overflowed Thursday morning. The water was so powerful that it moved cars and leveled fences.

“We haven’t had a lot of time to save anything,” Castro said.

Some residents pack their bags and stay with their families. Others stay in hotels. Eyewitness News has learned that there are 400 units in the apartment complex. Mayor Wahler says it could be a month or more before power is restored.
The mayor told Eyewitness News he would be in touch with the school district to find a solution as the neighborhood looks to the future.

The residents are certainly counting their blessings.

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