As flooding death toll rises, the governors of New York and New Jersey say they expect help from Washington.

Gov. Philip Murphy of New Jersey announced two more deaths on Friday, raising the region’s death toll from Ida to at least 45.,

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As flooding death toll rises, the governors of New York and New Jersey say they expect help from Washington.

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Ida Paralyzes the New York City Area

The remnants of Hurricane Ida caused flash flooding and a number of deaths and disrupted transit across parts of New York and New Jersey.

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The remnants of Hurricane Ida caused flash flooding and a number of deaths and disrupted transit across parts of New York and New Jersey.CreditCredit…Gregg Vigliotti for The New York Times

Sept. 3, 2021Updated 11:45 a.m. ET

The New York region’s death toll from the remnants of Hurricane Ida grew on Friday with the announcement of two more deaths in New Jersey, bringing the total number of lives lost to 25 in the state and 45 across the region.

Authorities fear the toll will increase further: Gov. Phillip D. Murphy of New Jersey said at least six people were still missing in the floods. “This was a deadly and dangerous storm, and we continue to face its aftereffects,” he said at a morning news conference. The dead also include at least 15 people in New York, four in Pennsylvania and one in Connecticut.

As the region begins the daunting task of assessing damage from the storm, digging out and cleaning up, Mr. Murphy, speaking in Millburn, a Newark suburb whose downtown was overwhelmingly flooded, said the state would quickly make $10 million in aid available to small businesses.

The aid will be distributed in grants of $1,000 to $5,000. “If you’ve been crushed and you can prove it, you’re eligible,” Mr. Murphy said.

Mr. Murphy and Gov. Kathy C. Hochul of New York both said that they were expecting large infusions of recovery aid from the federal government once a federal disaster has been declared, something that President Biden is expected to do after his declaration Thursday night of federal emergency status for New York and New Jersey.

Ms. Hochul said Friday morning that New York would easily surpass a $30 million threshold required to receive federal assistance.

Locations of Deaths Caused by the Storm

More than 40 people were killed by the heavy rains and flooding in the New York region on Wednesday and Thursday. This map shows where deaths are known to have occurred.

Larger circles indicate more than one death in a location.

By Matthew Bloch and Charlie Smart

There are no figures yet on the extent of property damage caused by the storm, which dumped half a foot of water in just a few hours across parts of the region, but many hundreds of homes, at least, were damaged.

In New Jersey, the Red Cross housed 330 people in temporary shelters Thursday night, and in New York, one Red Cross shelter, in Mamaroneck in Westchester County, put up 125 people on Wednesday night, Red Cross spokespeople said.

As of Friday morning, nearly 50,000 homes in the region were still without power, including 26,000 in Pennsylvania, 12,000 in New Jersey and nearly 8,000 in New York.

The status of mass transit in the region remains spotty. Most New York City subway lines are running regular service. But on commuter rails, all service of Metro-North Railroad is either suspended or limited, and three New Jersey Transit lines — the Gladstone, Pascack Valley and Raritan Valley — remain shut down. Long Island Rail Road service is back to normal.

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