Heavy rain hit New York City on Thursday, and when water flooded the streets and poured into subway stations, some commuters were forced to cross the naturally formed lake. A flash flood reached their train. According to the New York Times, police had to rescue more than a dozen people on part of the Degan’s main highway in the Bronx because of the thunderstorms that flooded the city on Thursday, and flooding near 179th Street appeared to have stopped traffic.
According to the Washington Post, they are largely unrelated to Tropical Storm Elsa, which made landfall on the west coast of Florida earlier on Wednesday, bringing 70 mph winds and 11 inches of rain. As the storm moves toward the coast, Elsa may bring more rainfall and flash floods in the coming days. The National Weather Service warned in a tweet on Thursday that flooding could “continue through tonight and tomorrow for portions of the Mid-Atlantic through New England.”
At 149th Street and Grand Concourse, people waiting for trains 2 and 5 reported strong waterfalls on the subway. “We looked on the tracks and saw water, and next thing you know there’s this ‘river’ coming from the platform and stairs,” William Ferrante recalled. According to reports, similar situations occurred on 34th Street and the southernmost Spring Street.
On Thursday, several videos showing New Yorkers’ determination to reach their destination went viral on Twitter. A video has been watched more than 6 million times. The video shows a woman splashing water in a puddle at Washington Heights Line 1 157th Street Station, apparently trying to catch her train. When entering the flood season, the garbage bags should be kept dry.
Another video shot at the 149th Street subway station in the Bronx showed water falling from the stairs. According to the “Times” report, despite the extreme conditions, the train service was almost uninterrupted. Only the northernmost end of Line A, which runs through Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, is temporarily closed. Sara Feinberg, the acting president of New York City’s transit agency, told the New York Times that several factors contributed to the flooding in the station. -Flooded drains, stairs that serve as rainwater pipes, and street floods overflowing the side of the road.
Nevertheless, she tweeted on Thursday that the “Drains are working remarkably well.”
“Water is receding. Stay alert for additional storms,” she added. “Working as quickly as we can to get everyone where they’re going.”
According to the MTA, the storm also knocked down branches, temporarily suspending the service of the B and Q lines. Those trains are now running again. This flood of infrastructure is only a preview. According to the National Weather Service, there will be as much as 3 inches of rain in New York between 2 am. Friday noon. If you plan to take a jet ski, remember to “watch out for fire hydrants.”