1 Year Later: Looking Back at Damage Left by Ida in Philadelphia Region

Some areas hard-hit by the remnants of Ida are still recovering one year later

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One year ago this week, the remnants of Hurricane Ida ripped through the Philadelphia region leaving behind unprecedented flooding and tornado damage from the city to the suburbs. Dozens died in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Tornadoes Tear Through

In Montgomery County and part of South Jersey, tornadoes spawned by the storm tore apart homes and schools.

Thursday marks one year since an EF-3 tornado wiped out homes in parts of Gloucester County, New Jersey. NBC10's Cydney Long shows us the recovery efforts.

The tornado in Upper Dublin Township packed winds of up to 130 mph and the damage is still being cleaned up. A Thursday event at Temple University Ambler Campus brought the community together amid rebuilding efforts.

A tornado tore apart homes and public buildings in Ambler, Montgomery County, as the remnants of Hurricane Ida moved through in the summer of 2021. NBC10's Miguel Martinez-Valle reports on people coming together on the anniversary at Temple University Ambler Campus.

For many, the trauma suffered one year ago remains raw.

Families are still working to bounce back after a tornado ripped through Mullica Hill, New Jersey last September, leveling several homes. NBC10’s Cydney Long shows us the lasting impact of the natural disaster, even a year later.

Historic Flooding

In Philadelphia the Schuylkill River went over its banks and flooded Manayunk streets and left the Vine Street Expressway looking more like a river.

Further up the river in parts of Montgomery County, home were left flooded and damaged. Several people drowned.

Families in Upper Dublin, Pa. took the one year anniversary of a tornado tearing through their community to make new memories for the day instead of dwelling on the events of the past. NBC10’s Leah Uko has more on how this community is healing together.

In Manayunk they are preparing for the next flood.

"We know it's not 'if it floods,' it's 'when it floods,'" said Manayunk developer Brian Corcodilos. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal reports on how Corcodilos. and others have revamped their Main street businesses to withstand future floods.

Still Recovering One Year Later

The cleanup continues in parts of the region as people continue to grapple with the damage done and lives lost.

Keep checking back here as NBC10 continues to look back on a year since Ida left her mark on the Delaware Valley.

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