New York’s subway tunnels have become canals as the city faces a major bout of flash flooding, engulfing roads and freeways and leaving some stranded motorists in need of rescue after hours of heavy rainfall.
A soggy Thursday afternoon in the Big Apple saw residents wading through waist-deep water as they attempted to reach their subway platforms, while streets – including the Major Deegan Expressway – were crippled by the downpour. Numerous videos floating around social media captured the flooding.
“Stairs looking like a water park ride right now,” one Instagram user wrote, sharing a photo of a waterlogged subway stop.
Meanwhile, in New York… pic.twitter.com/47Ib9apKbY
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 8, 2021
Casting that advice aside, a few dedicated commuters donned plastic garbage bags in a futile attempt to stay dry – what one observer dubbed the “potato sack race approach.” Some ‘racers’ were more successful than others.
And…an attempt. pic.twitter.com/VHk3Rnv6zd
— Paullee 🤠 (@PaulleeWR) July 8, 2021
Large sections of the Major Deegan were seen submerged in murky water, overtaking some vehicles. A stretch on the northern portion of FDR Drive was also nearly inundated, though some drivers managed to squeeze through.
#HappeningNow Traffic Advisory, please avoid the Major Deegan Expressway in the v/o 179th Street due to severe flooding. #NYPD SRG is conducting rescue operations utilizing a barrier truck to remove stranded motorists from their vehicles. pic.twitter.com/wZnil61zqV
— NYPD Special Ops (@NYPDSpecialops) July 8, 2021
This is the Major Deegan Expressway in NYC after a vicious downpour a short while ago. pic.twitter.com/cJVYGsiTAo
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) July 8, 2021
I would avoid the FDR north unless you’re wearing a life jacket. pic.twitter.com/RRHRrVUsdN
— David Lennon (@DPLennon) July 8, 2021
With motorists left stranded by the floods, the NYPD dispatched its ‘strategic response group’ to make rescues, in one case using a large flatbed to ferry passengers to dry land.
Not just law enforcement officers…
Kudos to these SRG cops who are using a little innovation & one of our barrier trucks to rescue stranded motorists on the Major Deegan Expressway.#finest
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) July 8, 2021
The floods followed hours of thunderstorms on Thursday afternoon, with a flash flood watch set to remain in effect until Friday morning as the deluge is expected to pick back up. Several New York boroughs are also under a flash flood warning, which suggests a more immediate threat, including the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, while a warning was also issued in nearby Fairfield County, Connecticut.
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