Several subway stations in New York were flooded on Thursday and major arteries were cut, with the potential arrival of Hurricane Elsa at risk of new flooding on Friday.
“Thunderstorms in New York and surrounding areas fell between 5 and 10 centimeters of water on Thursday afternoon, causing widespread flooding in some places,” the National Weather Service (NWS) said.
Subway riders posted video footage of some particularly impressive flood stations at 157th Street station north of Manhattan on Twitter.
We see people with waist-deep water, somehow crossing a blackened pool to reach the dock.
“Lines 1 and A have really taken a hit with a lot of flooding at stations,” Sarah Feinberg, boss of the MTA, New York Public Transportation Authority, admitted during a press briefing Thursday evening.
Some major roads, especially those in the Bronx, have been temporarily closed, disrupting traffic as they leave the office. New York police tweeted footage of him rescuing motorists trapped in the water.
The NWS warned of possible new flooding by Friday morning, with the expected arrival of heavy rain brought by Hurricane Elsa from Florida to the northeast.
Despite work done to fortify the city against flooding since Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 – which killed 44 people and paralyzed the US economic capital for days – New York, the water-stricken city, suffered from floods. is vulnerable, the frequency of which is expected to increase with climate change.
Several officials, including Brooklyn President Eric Adams and a big favorite for the November municipal election since winning the Democratic primary this week, called Thursday night for urgent investment to bolster infrastructure.
“Episodes of extreme weather like this are not going to go away,” warned one of his primary opponents, Katherine Garcia, who oversaw the water pumping after Sandy. “We must invest in strategies to protect the city”.