N.J. cop narrowly escapes death in Ida flooding, finishes his shift
About 20 cars and trucks were disabled or swept away by flood waters crossed Route 202 near South Main Street in Raritan Township on Wednesday. Three people died in Rariyan and a township police officer narrowly escaped after his patrol car was submerged and pinned to a tree, the chief said.

Like fellow officers of the Raritan Township Police Department and other first responders throughout New Jersey and elsewhere, Michael Podlaski spent much of Wednesday searching for people trapped or stranded by flash flooding in their homes or cars as a result of Hurricane Ida. Of the 27 lives claimed by Ida in the state, three were in the largely rural Hunterdon County township, where Podlaski nearly became Raritan’s fourth victim, according to his chief. “Officer Michael Podlaski narrowly escaped death when his patrol vehicle was swept away while checking for stranded drivers on Everitt’s R...