Several subway stations were flooded, and major arteries were cut off in New York on Thursday, where a new flood threatened Friday with the expected arrival of Storm Elsa.
Between 5 and 10 inches of water fell in a series of thunderstorms over New York City and surrounding areas Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service (NWS) said, “causing extensive flashes in certain places.”
Subway drivers posted videos on Twitter of some particularly impressive flooded stations at 157th Street Station north of Manhattan.
We see people with water up to their waists somehow crossing the black pool to get to the dock.
“Lines 1 and A really hit, with a lot of flooding at stations,” admitted Sarah Feinberg, head of the MTA, New York’s public transportation department, on Thursday night, during a press briefing.
Some major roads, especially in the Bronx, have been temporarily closed, disrupting traffic when leaving the office. New York police posted on Twitter footage of her rescuing motorists stranded by the water.
The NWS warned of possible flooding by Friday morning, with the expected arrival in the northeast of heavy rains brought by storm Elsa, which came from Florida.
Despite work to rebuild the city from Hurricane Sandy floods in October 2012 – which killed 44 people and paralyzed the US economic capital for days – New York, a city surrounded by water, remains highly vulnerable to flooding, the frequency of which must increase with climate change. .
Several officials, including Eric Adams, the president of Brooklyn and a big favorite in the November municipal election since winning the Democratic election this week, called for urgent investment in strengthening infrastructure on Thursday night.
“Episodes of extreme weather like this won’t go away,” warned one of her main opponents, Kathryn Garcia, who oversaw the pumping of water after Sandy. “We need to invest in city protection strategies.”