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Gov. Kathy Hochul Declares Emergency After Torrential Rains Flood Swaths of NYC

Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency across much of the New York City area Friday after torrential storms flooded the Big Apple’s subways and streets.

Hochul’s state of emergency was followed by a similar order from Mayor Eric Adams, who told New Yorkers to stay home if possible.

“If you are home stay home, if you are at work, shelter in place for now,” Hizzoner said at a press conference Friday.

The order allows state officials to swiftly provide resources locally in case rescues, evacuations, or other services are needed.

The downpours hit hardest across parts of Brooklyn with more than 3 inches of rain falling in a single hour, according to data from the state meteorological agency.

That’s triple the amount state officials said yesterday they expected the storms to produce at their zenith.

“I am declaring a State of Emergency across New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley due to the extreme rainfall we’re seeing throughout the region,” said Hochul in a post to X, formerly known as Twitter. “Please take steps to stay safe and remember to never attempt to travel on flooded roads.”

Subway service was badly disrupted by the flooding.

The MTA nixed service entirely on the B, G, and W lines. The No. 1 train was not running below 137th Street.

Additionally, Service between Brooklyn and Manhattan was suspended on the No. 2, 3, 4, 5; D, F and L lines.

Portions of the E and N were suspended too, while the Q was diverted to run via the R.

There were extensive delays across the rest of the system.

The disruption caused by the flooding below ground was matched above ground, too.

Traffic cameras and footage broadcast by NY1 showed extensive flooding along the FDR and Brooklyn-Queens expressways.

READ 39 COMMENTS
  • Zeus Papadopoulos says:

    What? Got a little rain, aye? I live on the space coast of Florida. Please explain your extreme rain issue. Bunch of sissies.

  • carl says:

    welp the homeless & illegal’s will all get the baths they need now maybe nyc streets won’t stink so bad .

  • Meee says:

    GOOD NYC need a good cleaning! It needs more rain to wash the filth in that city. NYC gets 3 inches of snow, it is an Emergency. Calling for a State of Emergency helps the people and the government get Federal aid to help them clean up. But this is only a little bit of water compared to other places when it floods. Like I said, NYC needs to be washed. I wonder what all these illegals will do when the real cold weather hits. Can’t sleep on the streets, let alone try to poop there. They will not like it and most likely want to be back in the south. Free bus rides back to the border should be given.

  • Stewart says:

    All I want to hear is Letisha James and that other ridiculous asshole drowns in 3″ of rain.

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