Flash Flooding Turns Roads Into Rivers, Stifles Transit Throughout NYC

The flooding was widespread and so quick that it caught some drivers off-guard and some had to be rescued.

On Staten Island, an Eyewitness News viewer captured a completely washed out Bay Street near Greenfield Avenue:

The driver, in the Clifton section, showed an extremely dangerous situation unfolding as vehicles were attempting to make their way through the tire-deep water.


* PATH service on the JSQ-33 & HOB-33 line remains suspended because of flooding and power issues at Christopher Street. NJ Transit Rail & Buses will cross honor at Newark, NY Penn and Hoboken. PATH has added trains to the Hoboken and Newark lines to WTC to help move riders.

* N and W service is restored with extensive residual delays. Two things impacted these lines. First, it was a burning insulator on one of the rails at the Lexington Ave/59th Street station. Then, there was flooding south of the station because of the rain.

* R train service resumed with extensive delays

LaGuardia – 4 hours
JFK – 6 hours
Newark – 3 hours

The West Side Highway in Manhattan was closed in both directions between West 24th and 34th streets due to flooding for at least it hour. It opened up again just before 4:30 p.m.

In Westchester County, the Bronx River Parkway was closed in both directions between Sprain Split to Scarsdale Road, and also between Main and Fenimore Road.

The FDR Drive in Manhattan also experienced some flooding:

People became trapped in their vehicles and had to be rescued on Center Street south of Montgomery Street, right under the New Jersey Turnpike.
There were at least three vehicles affected. There are no reports of injuries.

The main entrance at 32nd and 7th at Penn Station was closed, as well as stairway only at the 31st and 7th due to flooding. Customers were being advised to use the escalator and elevator at 31st and 7th or 8th Ave entrances at 31st and 33rd, and 7th at 34th St.

Also, it turns out Hoboken’s new pumps couldn’t keep up with the severity of this storm. Check out the intersection of 9th and Madison streets:


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