See it: People rescued from flooded NJ home

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CRANFORD, N.J. — Crews rescued people from a flooded home in Cranford Thursday, a day after Tropical Storm Ida flooded much of the tri-state area.

AIR11 captured the harrowing ordeal around noon.

Cranford Fire Department crews could be seen navigating a raft up to a flooded home. Four people then made their way out of the home and onto the raft.

The bottom half of the multistory home appeared to be completely under water.

The crew brought those rescued to dry land, where children brought out water and snacks for rescuers and those rescued.

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Seen left, crews rescued people from a flooded home in Cranford, New Jersey, on Sept. 2, 2021. When the crews brought them to safety, children could be seen picnicking nearby, pictured right. (AIR11)

An 8-year-old girl carried the tables and chairs out to greet the rescuers, according to the girl’s mom. She was joined by her younger sibling and two neighbors.

Several Cranford residents who spoke to PIX11 News said they’d been through flooding before, but this one was different.

Cranford police Lieutenant Matthew Nazzaro said crews began working Wednesday night.

“I would approximate over 300 to 350 rescues,” he said. “Some people have had compromises to their houses.”

The level of devastation caused by Wednesday’s storm took much of the tri-state area by surprise.

Roadways and public transit in New Jersey and New York flooded, and more than a dozen people died between the two states.

Many local officials spoke of climate change when commenting on the crisis Thursday, and asked for federal aid – which President Joe Biden has promised to deliver.

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