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conference entirely. that tells you where the republican party is today. >> no doubt. and adam kinzinger responding it makes him want to double down in seeking the truth as well. thank you, chris, for laying it down. that does it for me. i appreciate you being with us. i will see you back tomorrow at 1:00 eastern. in the meantime join me on twitter @anacabrera. the news continues next with alisyn and victor. ♪ ♪ welcome to "newsroom." we have viewers from around the world this hour. i'm victor blackwell. >> i'm alisyn camerota. we begin with the dangerous aftermath of hurricane ida. the death toll and destruction in the northeast u.s. are incredible. this is more than 1,000 miles from where ida first came ashore. at least 20 people have died between maryland, new jersey and new york, including a 2 year old. last night saw unprecedented flash flooding sweep through
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streets, homes and, as you can see here, the subway. at least 13 deaths were reported in new york. most of the victims were found in basements that flooded before rescuers could reach them. >> the streets of new jersey were filled with water. look at this. these are rescue operations happening. this is happening in new jersey there in newark. also, this is in boundbrook. we have live pictures up for you now. you can see just at the edge of flooded roadways there. we know in new jersey and pennsylvania, delaware as well, there are rescue operations happening. we have seen people stranded on roof tops. crews are using excavators, rafts to pull people trapped in their homes. president biden outlined earlier the federal help that he's deployed across several states. >> and i want to express my heartfelt thanks to all of the first responders and everyone
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who has been working through the night, well into the morning to save lives and get power back. there's a lot of damage, and i made clear to the governors that my team at the federal emergency management agency, fema, is on the ground and ready to provide all the assistance that's needed. >> all right. we have reporters across the northeast. let's begin with evan mcmorrow santora in queens. that's where the majority of the deaths were reported. evan, what do you know? >> reporter: that's right, victor and alisyn. you talk about the horror story of being in a basement during a flash flood. i'm standing in the place where one of those most tragic stories happened. this street in queens where i'm standing right now, it is dry, it is a nice day out, but last night around 9:00, 9:30 there were feet of water here. it swept through, filling up basements and filling up people's driveways. behind me you can barely see, you can see right through there a hole where the water swept through and it collapsed a wall
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in a basement apartment that led to two people inside dying. that's just two of those deaths we talk about. this neighborhood has been hit very, very hard by this storm, this unprecedented rainstorm, and now they're dealing with the fact that their neighbor, two of their neighbors passed away, and now begins the massive cleanup. you see one giant dumpster here. there's another one you can't see off camera. there's two big, full-size garbage trucks here taking trash away. there's a lot of work to be done here in new york to dig out from this, and a lot of questions being asked about those deaths in those basements in places like this and how to prevent them in the future. alisyn, victor. >> evan, thank you for all of that. one of the incredible things is the different towns were hit with different extreme weather. >> yes. >> that was just tremendous flooding. then in new jersey where paula
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newton is in mullica hill, new jersey, they saw powerful tornados that destroyed all of these homes. paula. >> reporter: yeah, i mean, alisyn, victor, look at the mess behind us right here. the thing that is so stunning, look at this destruction, and yet i can tell you not far from here, in fact just a few feet, other homes were untouched. the ferocity of the winds coming through there all too punishing and very little warning. now, you know, county officials here telling us that as of right now they're not aware of any serious injuries or any deaths, and that right now -- you've got to call it a miracle. the last time i have seen anything like this was in hurricane dorian in the bahamas. look, these homes have been absolutely shredded. here residents have already started the cleanup, but it is unbelievable the destruction. next-door neighbors, one home almost destroyed, right next door absolutely pristine and still in good shape. they are in absolute shock here, i can tell you.
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again, as you guys were saying, this is in the southern part of the state. if you go to the northern part of new jersey it was the deluge of water. i was through some of it myself last night and the flooding was absolutely incredible, and yet here they were dealing with tornados, tornados that just kept whirling and whirling around, and it seemed to last an absolute staggering amount of time. the terror many felt here, without much warning -- some had warning on their phones and that was about it. but, again, still trying to figure out what happened here. they are saying they are getting both state and federal help, and a lot of them really looking for it right now. as i said, they did not expect the ferocity of that kind of a tornado to go through this community even though at the very last minute they did get those watches on their phones and were told to head for the basement. >> wow. a wind event there in mullica hill. paula newton, thanks so much. let's go to the water event. pete muntean is in philadelphia. we could see the water rushing behind you there.
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flood warning still in place, right? >> reporter: that's right, victor. the flood warning here in philadelphia stays in place until 7:00 tomorrow morning. the skchuykill river behind me only crested at 17 feet a few hours ago. now it is about 16 feet. the national weather service says the skook ill will not be below flood stage until well after midnight. the impact far and wide. you can see the famous boathouse row behind me, it has been under water for hours. that is interstate 76, the schuykill expressway, it is a parking lot because it is hard to see where it begins and the river begins. it is overflowing between 76 and 676 downtown which made a big traffic smarl. one of the biggest problems is there was a pumping station next to the interchange and it is under water. not just here in philadelphia. even upstream of the schuykill in bridgeport there were dozens
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of water rescues, dozens of homes under water according to the mayor. in montgomery county to the north according to the governor's administration there were 500 calls for water rescues just last night. governor tom wills spoke earlier and he says he has no doubt it is because of climate change. we have not seen river levels this high on the schuykill in philadelphia since 1869. former governor ed rundell spoke and said he has not seen anything like this since 1976 in the blizzard, an entirely different phenomenon. the cleanup will be on the top of people's mind, but not until the river recedes, which will be a while from now. a lot of problems here in philadelphia and beyond. >> pete muntean, thank you very much for that very vivid illustration of what is happening in the philadelphia area.
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thanks to paula newton and evan mcmorris santoro also. >> we will continue to get the latest from reporters across the east coast. let's go to elizabeth, new jersey, where we learned four people drowned in an apartment complex that backs up to the elizabeth river. >> the mayor joins us now. mr. mayor, this complex where this happened we understand is right across the street from the fire department headquarters, which makes it, you know, all the more tragic. so what happened? how did they drown so quickly in this apartment complex? >> so late evening last night the fire department started to make rescues in the complex when the fire headquarters started to take on water. the fire apparatus had to leave that area. the firemen continued to work on rescues and operated from the second floor of the headquarters. they rescued hundreds of people that were trapped on the top of cars and in the buildings.
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the back garden apartments that are right near the river, we actually drilled holes in the second floor down to the first floor in order to rescue people upwardly. we were able to do that, yet two -- a male and a female in their 70s and a male and their female in their 30s succumbed to the raging floodwaters of the river, and we found them when the water receded about 3:00 or 4:00 this morning. >> wow. i mean just to talk about the resilience of some of your firefighters there, that because they couldn't go through the windows they went through the first floor, drilled down through the floor to try to lift people out, and they were successful there. but i understand that entire apartment complex now is uninhabitable, so this is now turning into a lodging and housing crisis for so many families where you are. >> i have been in touch with our senators and congressional representatives as well as the governor, and my relocation team is out there.
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we are taking names. we relocated people temporarily to four different schools, and at the present time we are getting hotel information that's available. the federal government has promised us vouchers to relocate these people on a temporary and long-term basis until these buildings can come and rehabilitate in order to move people back in, which will take weeks to months because of the raw sewage and the floodwaters that went through the first floor of all of these apartments. i have to say that the state and federal government has been extremely cooperative in all of our efforts as well as our elected representatives. >> that's good to hear. mayor, as you are speaking we are watching a live rescue right now out of boundbrook, new jersey. two people are climbing into an emergency rescue boat there as -- after they waded in waist-deep water to get there. this is just happening
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everywhere in the tri-state area. rescues are still ongoing. so, mayor, i mean, look, this is an extreme weather event that is unprecedented, but did your town have any warning? were you able to tell people before the rain started last night to get to some shelter or higher ground? >> there's over 600 people live in this complex and, unfortunately, four people passed away. there were an awful lot of attempts at rescue, not only this location but in other areas of the city. this was the hardest hit with the tragic loss of life, yet throughout the city we were making water rescues all night long with drivers who drove strictly into floodwaters thinking they could get through as opposed to turning around or parking somewhere. the fire department was extremely busy all night leading up to this event, including at this location.
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this was the most serious part of the city but not the only part impacted in a negative way. >> give us a number, if you can, of the number of rescues side wide in the city of elizabeth that were executed over the last period of time since the storm hit. >> the total rescues we don't have but clearly in the hundreds. the fire department is accumulating that number now as we seek to relocate the folks that live there. but currently we have drones in the air that are going up and down the river, checking the banks of the river in case anyone was swept away by the raging river. we also have the rent rolls of the entire complex and have a team of people making phone calls to see if anyone is missing. as of this conversation no one is missing from the rent rolls
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provided to us. yet the drone and the inspection of the riverbank leading into the arthur kill which is where the river deposits is ongoing as we talk. >> mayor, we really appreciate your time. we know that you and your emergency service personnel have been doing yeoman's duty trying to save people for all of these past more than 12 hours now thank you very much for your time. we are thinking of everyone in elizabeth. >> thank you for having me. >> again, we are watching these pictures, boundbrook, new jersey, as they are now rescuing people. the water at one point was up to their waist. of course, we will continue to cover it, cover hurricane ida, what is left of it, what is now happening on the northeast coast, the search and rescue efforts that are happening. also in louisiana, hundreds of thousands of people are without power in that dangerous heat. tomorrow president biden heads to the storm-ravaged area. this morning he spoke about his infrastructure proposal and how
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his plans could help try to endure some of the extreme weather we are seeing. we have a live report from the white house next.
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around-the-clock effort they've been focused on for many days despite many other high-profile issues that have taken the president's time. but it is an all-hands-on-deck effort for the federal government. fema is the lead agency but cedric richards, former congressman, has been appointed to run point on the hurricane coverage. he is trying to streamline or address some of the various serious issues we are seeing in the gulf coast and north in the northeast as well, and the president involved as well. take a listen. >> my message to everyone affected is we're all in this together. the nation is here to help. that's the message i have been making clear to the mayors, governors, energy and utility leaders in the region who my administration has been working closely with over the past few days. >> reporter: i think the recognition inside the white house from both the president and his top advisers is the onus
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is on the federal government in situations like this. these are the moments where state and local governments certainly don't have the capacity to deal with the scale of what we've seen from hurricane ida, and that puts it really on the shoulders of the federal government to deliver. i think that's why you have seen the president really try and focus on these issues over the course of the last couple of days. obviously he will be traveling to louisiana tomorrow. his team has made clear that they would not make that trip if they thought they would get in the way of recovery efforts. the louisiana governor, john bel edwards, saying he invited the president and believes it will help bring attention to what is going on in the gulf coast. this issue is not going away any time soon. white house officials know that. one final point, alisyn, you mentioned the president alluded to his infrastructure proposal and the second piece in his agenda. those will be critical as the president tries to get them across the finish line, saying the climate change and resiliency efforts funded by the proposal are critical in the days ahead. >> phil mattingly for us there
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at the white house. we just got an update on the number of those who have been killed in the ongoing storm that's headed up the east coast, 23 dead now. that number continuing to rise over the last few hours as though search and rescue, and in some cases recovery efforts, have continued. >> that's maryland, new york and new jersey. so weather crisis from the gulf coast all the way to atlantic. we are tracking the devastation and the deaths from hurricane ida even as the rescues continuing. >> jennifer gray is in the cnn weather center. jennifer, these rainfall totals are unbelievable. how much water fell? not just that it fell, but in the window in which it fell? >> you're exactly right, victor. you hit it on the head. we're not just talking about how much rain fell, but in the short duration that it fell. that's what created this flash flooding nightmare. this is the radar. you can see all of the rain pushing through the big cities
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and even the towns around across the northeast. a lot of rain fell in just a short amount of time, and that's what created this. ida's path has stretched 1,500 miles, more than 500 flood reports. look at all of these records across the northeast. more than 20 daily rainfall records. staten island, almost 9 inches of rain. this is in a 24-hour time span, but we know that most of this rain fell in a much shorter time span than 24 hours. newark, new jersey, had the wettest day on record with almost 8 1/2 inches. new york city, central park, top five wettest days ever, and a lot of this fell in just one hour. more than 3 inches of rain in one hour. guys, the rain has stopped falling, but you can see from the pictures the flooding is still there. the streets filled, the rivers fill, the creeks. it is going to take a while for that to drain, and that should be happening within the next 24 to 48 hours. we should see much improvement
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let the nation's most restrictive abortion law take effect in texas. admit night the court released the order explaining the majority opinion on why it did not intervene to stop texas from banning nearly all abortions. the law outlaws the procedure as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected. that could be as early as six weeks when most women don't know their pregnant. the dissenting justices, they're shocked by the court's failure to act, upending the precedent set by roe v. wade in 1973. >> justice sotomayor plainly writes, quote, a majority of justices have opted to bury their heads in the sand. the texas act is a breathtaking act of defiance of the koungs and this court's precedents and of the rights of women seeking abortions throughout texas. merrick garland stated that the justice department is deeply concerned and looking at all options. cnn supreme court analyst joan joins us now. joan, can you explain the
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majority opinion on the highest court? how did they explain what they did? >> good afternoon, alisyn and victor. the majority justices by a narrow 5-4 vote said there's legal confusion here. we're not sure the challengers even have the authority to bring this case, and while lower courts look at this there would be no injury to the women seeking abortions and to the health care clinics that have sued the state here for this law. they let it go into effect, saying we're not going the block it because there's -- there would be no harm. they just didn't buy the arguments of the challengers that this would have a great chilling effect, that abortion clinics would have to close, that women who are beyond six weeks of pregnancy, which as you mentioned is usually about the time that people even discover it, after six weeks of pregnancy that they would have to go to
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other states. the justices really questioned, the justices in the majority really questioned whether the law as it was written could be grounds for a suit, and the dissenter said this was a very clever employ by the state legislature in texas to essentially shield state officials from lawsuit. the state essentially deputized individual citizens to bring these kinds of cases to go ahead and try to challenge anybody who would assist a woman in trying to obtain an abortion after six weeks, and that was quite a device to initially at this point at least evade judicial scrutiny. chief justice john roberts joined the three liberal dissenters here to say essentially why are we allowing this kind of device to take effect right now? why don't we hold off, have full briefing, have oral arguments
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and try to scrutinize this very unusual, as he deemed it, unprecedented law. >> and his inability to at least convince the other conservatives in this iteration of the court, what does that tell us about his role in this new -- this new court? >> well, victor, he played such an unusual role here because he's a conservative who was appointed by george w. bush 16 years ago this month. he's always opposed abortion rights in cases, but in this situation his message was this court has gone too far. what he tried to persuade his more conservative colleagues to do is just wait, hit the pause button here, try to examine what's going on rather than to lunge far to the right and essentially send the signal that it sent, that roe v. wade has been undermined nationwide as well as almost essentially stopped in texas. i think your question goes to a
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very real issue going forward. how much control will this court that informally bears the name of john roberts, the roberts' court, really have him in charge here. for many, many months, the last couple of years after justice anthony kennedy had retired, the chief justice had sat at the center of the court and also held the ideological center of this court. so he had a lot of power. he was in the majority in virtually every important case, and what we're seeing now with the five conservatives to his right including three appointees of donald trump, he no longer has that power. last night's ruling -- last night's order from the court could really be a sign of what is to come, whether it is john roberts' court or perhaps it is more of a donald trump court. >> thank you, joan, for the reporting. >> thank you. our next guests represent
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two of the plaintiffs in the case. their emergency requests to stop the texas law were denied last night by the supreme court. alexis mcgill is the president and ceo of the planned parenthood federation of america and mark herron is the lead attorney for reproductive thank you both for your time. mark, i want to start with you. as joan said, it sounds like the supreme court didn't buy your argument. were you surprised and do you understand their logic when they say there's no injury here? >> well, let me say first this is a devastating day for patients across texas. clinics are being forced to comply with this six-week ban, which is a near total ban on abortion. patients are calling clinics, desperate, trying to find -- i know that one of my clients had a call from a rape survivor calling the hotline, trying to get access to abortion, and they had to be turned away because they're too late, they're after six weeks. what the supreme court did last night was essentially allow the
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state of texas to get around the constitution, to evade the constitutional limits and evade individual rights. i think that that should -- that should terrify anyone no matter what your view on abortion is, because if a state can simply make the exercise of any constitutional right illegal and then allow someone to sue you for exercising that right, then all of our rights are at risk. >> mark, very quickly, i mean it sounds like you didn't expect it to go this way. you expected the supreme court to what? >> we weren't sure exactly what the supreme court would do, but this is the first time that the supreme court has allowed a six-week ban, a previability gestational ban to take effect when it has been challenged since roe in nearly 15 years. so this is extraordinary that now the supreme court has allowed the state of texas to enact a near total ban on abortion throughout the state. you know, we gave the court a
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menu of different options that the court could have taken to allow us to get back in the district court. we had a hearing scheduled for monday so that the district court could have enjoined the enforcement of the law, put the law on hold just like chief justice roberts was saying, and, you know, the intermediate court, the fifth circuit blocked our attempt to do that. we had given the supreme court many options and instead they decided to do nothing. >> alexis, what does this mean for women across texas and across the country today? >> well, what it means for the people of texas is that roe is effectively meaningless. it means that texas has been allowed to turn the clock back 50 years and the supreme court let them get away with it. what it means for other states who are watching what is happening in texas, who may be poised because their state lawmakers have their eyes on more significant anti-abortion bans, that they will be also engaging in copy cat legislation. you know, we are looking at
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upwards of 26 states that are poised to enact in their state legislatures this year if this law is continued in the courts. so it is outrageous, the fact that there's been no injury, right? what mark is talking about are patients who have been incredibly vulnerable, who now have to travel out of state, who have to find child care, who have to find resources in order to get out of state to get access to their constitutional right, and it is alarming and it is horrific and it is maddening. >> alexis, one follow up. you tweeted yesterday, to be clear, quote, planned parent head health centers remain open and we're here to help texans navigate in dangerous law. meaning what? i mean are your providers prepared to take on -- you know, rack up these $10,000 fines to help women who need help? >> to be clear, planned parenthood centers are open.
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we provide a variety of care for our patients in reproductive health. >> but i mean speaking of abortion. >> yes, we are complying with this law and we are also helping patients along with other independent providers in the state navigate the system to understand where else they might be able to go. you know, the region is full of restrictions and bans. some have, like, texas, 24-hour waiting period. some have, you know, restrictions that require you to be in an office within, you know, 72 hours at a time. again, that means people taking off from work. it means finding child care. it means traveling through a pandemic to get access. so we are complying. we are also helping patients get out of texas because the law about aiding and abetting is within texas, providing abortion within texas. we are trying to make sure people still have access to what they need outside of texas. >> mark, what is next? was this so definitive that nothing else can be done in texas? where do you go from here? >> well, the court was very
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clear, including the majority, that this doesn't foreclose all options. so we are continuing to explore our options -- and legal steps. i will say, you know, that the court has before it a case that is led by the center for reproductive rights, is counsel for the mississippi -- for the jackson women's health organization which is considering mississippi's 15-week ban and the supreme court is going to decide that later this year. what we need is for congress to act. we need congress to pass the women's health protection act which would codify in federal statute, in federal law the right to abortion and the right to -- and it would prevent states from enacting bans exactly like the one we've had in texas. >> congress seems to have a hard time agreeing on things at the moment but we'll see what happens next. alexis mcgill, mark herron, thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> thanks for having me. back to the extreme weather. people in the hardest hit areas
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we are morgan stanley. my auntie called me. she said uncle's had a heart attack. i needed him to be here. your heart isn't just yours. protect it with bayer aspirin. be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. many people in the northeast are still waist deep in the deadly floods from the remnants of hurricane ida. meanwhile, in louisiana they've been dealing with ida since sunday. more than 900,000 customers there are still without power amid this brutal heat and humidity. >> people in the hardest hit areas could be without
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electricity for weeks, maybe more than a month. for those fortunate enough to have a generator, gas is the problem. reports more than a third of gas stations in louisiana are out of fuel. cnn's adrian broadis is in new orleans with the latest. i watched your 1:00 hit and it resonated, the mother of four you spoke with waiting in line for hours for gasoline so they can sleep in the car because it is too hot to sleep in the house. if she is waiting an hour, waiting for hours to get gas, that means she can't wait in the line for food and she can't wait in line for the other necessities there. i mean people are having to make some really difficult choices. >> reporter: tough choices, victor, and they need help. they're trying to hold on to hope, but at this hour a lot of the people we talked to and the folks that we spoke with are a bit discouraged. i want to set the scene for you. you talked about what you saw at 1:00. it is still the same. on the left side of us, people are physically walking up to the
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pump with their gas cans. now, we've seen folks with their gas cans, and i have also seen people filling up water bottles with gasoline. over to this side. these pumps are reserved for the travelers who have their vehicles. they've been pulling up. that's where we met denzel tate. i want to take you over, victor, to our friends and family watching and introduce you to victor. excuse me, introduce you to mr. tate. it is hot. he and his family are also depending on their vehicle for relief. hey, denzel. talk to me a little bit about what is on your heart and how the past few days have been. >> it has been kind of hard you know with a 3-month-old baby and no water, no lights, it ain't easy. we wake up all morning crying all day. they hot, you know. so be a little difficult. >> reporter: and people at home can see you are sweating, you are hot. you are here with your family,
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your 3-month-old baby. in the short time we have met, i saw sweat a short time ago dripping down his face. there's a slight breeze coming now. what are you doing to make sure he has food, water, milk? >> well, i mean, we got stuff before everything had happened, which, you know, everything running out now. so we going to have to find somewhere else to go, leave from new orleans because we can't live like this. >> reporter: and you are just one story of so many. we talked to a mother earlier today who said she and her son have been sleeping in the car, but you said that's really not an option for you. >> yeah. it really ain't been, not without no gas and everything, and how my car is it is not really too comfortable for him. so we'll have to get on the porch or lay on the couch or something, open up the door, let a little breeze come in. >> reporter: i thank you for sharing your story and letting us know how you are coping. i wish i never had to talk to you. i wish this wasn't happening. again, he is speaking out so
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folks at home can see what the situation is here. we're going to keep you in our thoughts. of everyone, the baby's flashed a few smiles here and there, and that's something that keeps people going. but think about it. more than 900,000 people across this state still don't have power. a lot of people are asking for help. they need the basic essentials, food, water and gasoline so they can sit in the car and cool off. victor and alisyn. >> i mean to see that little baby and those flashes of smiles, but you can imagine the additi additional emotional and psychological strain it is for parents who are doing the best they can. it is dangerous not to mention the inconvenience not to have power. thank you so much. >> we are seeing desperate scene after desperate scene, whether it is a 3-month-old baby hot an
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dazed in a car who can't get cool or enough food. or people being rescued during our program, from state to state we are seeing these desperate people because of extreme weather. >> yeah. >> you know, we can't do this alone. at some point our elected officials are going to need to help because the extreme weather isn't going away. >> you are going to spend the money anyway, right? if you are going to spend the money on the months it will take to rebuild, to put the power lines back up, to prepare for people to have somewhere to live and find some comfort or you can invest. the money is going to be spent anyway. we'll see what decision is made. >> at this hour at least 23 people have died across the northeast. that's just since last night's extreme rain and flooding. so our live coverage continues in a moment. first, a look at what else to watch today.
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at least 23 people are dead in the northeast after the intense rain and flooding last night from the remnants of hurricane ida. >> four of the victims were in an apartment complex along the elizabeth river in new jersey. polo sandoval is there. the mayor tells us they've got drones flying around looking for people who were potentially swept away by the water. >> reporter: they also have a roster of some of the people who
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lived in this apartment complex and they're going door to door to make sure they don't have anybody missing. where i'm standing was offed with about 8 feet of water some 12 hours ago. before that happened, the fire department launched search and rescue efforts at the apartment complex you see behind this first responder vehicle. sadly, once those waters receded, they went in and found the bodies of four people, a man and woman in their 70s and another man and woman in their 30s. right next to this, it overflowed its banks. this place is a flood control area. last time it flooded was about 50 years ago and then last night happened. look at the pictures that our colleague shot. you can see what's left behind those cars, basically tossed around like toys, people's muddied belongings are scattered
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all over the place. now about six people who call this apartment complex home cannot be there, at least for now. it is structurally habitable but it needs to be cleaned out. this is adding another layer of tragedy. the local fire department is actually right across the street from this apartment complex. we know that the fire crews who are based here were out performing a series of rescues and now a lot of people are asking if anything else could have been done to perhaps save those four people that sadly did not survive last night's floods. >> we asked that very question of the mayor of elizabeth in the last hour. he was explaining how they were going door to door in that apartment complex. the whole garden level flooded and they had to cut holes into the floor and grab people out
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from the garden level and pull people up to safety and they just couldn't make it, he said, to those four people. >> do we have that shot what we're seeing here? >> where is this? >> i don't know if they're a family, but they look quite tight knit. six deer here still in new jersey. >> even the deer have been displaced. >> walking along looking for a dry spot. >> that's a building and the flood waters are up to its roof. >> up to the gable. we don't have -- i mean, the epitaph of this story will be written in the names of those who have died. but we will soon get the numbers of homes that are now uninhabitable, the cost to build up the city services, to rebuild
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those homes, those roads as well. we're just beginning to see the impact of the remnants of ida on the east coast here. >> i mean, the weather forecast said it was going to be really bad, but i don't think anybody could imagine how bad it was last night. the death toll just rose to 23. we also have the latest on search and rescue missions underway right now. first, a programming note. a classroom of second graders, a president and a moment that forever unites them. 20 years later, find out what happened to the kids in the 9/11 classroom sunday night at 10:00.
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