December 3, 2021

Global News Archive

News archives from around the world.

Heavy Rain Soaks New York as Nor’easter Pounds the Region – The New York Times

2 min read

The threats were brought into stark relief last month, when torrential rain brought by Ida unleashed rushing waters that killed 11 people, including a toddler and his parents, in basement apartments in New York City. At least 43 people died across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut amid the hurricane’s watery remnants, which overwhelmed the region’s antiquated infrastructure.

Both Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York and Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey declared states of emergency Monday evening, directing agencies under their command to be ready to act on emergency response plans.

In New York City, officials issued a travel advisory warning those who “must move about” to be careful when doing so and to also give themselves extra time to reach their destinations.

City officials also advised residents of basement apartments like those that flooded last month to be ready “to move to a higher floor during periods of heavy rain” and anyone living in flood-prone areas to “keep materials such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber on hand” to protect their homes.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the city’s subway, buses and commuter rails, also said it was taking extensive steps to prepare for possible flooding. The remnants of Ida crippled New York City’s mass transit system, the second time in just a few months that the subway was the setting for striking images of water rushing freely into places clearly unable to accommodate it.

As of Tuesday morning, the transit authority said that buses were experiencing scattered weather-related delays but that the subway and suburban commuter rails were operating as expected. But service between the six southernmost stops on the Staten Island Railway, which runs along the east side of that borough, was suspended because of flooding.

New Jersey Transit suspended service between three stops on one of its lines because of “weather-related conditions” at a station in Fanwood, N.J., which was under the flash flood watch. Details were not immediately available.

Source Link

Leave a Reply

Copyright ©2016-2021 Global News Archive. All rights reserved.