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New Yorkers cope with the aftermath of flash floods

  • NYC was hit by heavy flooding Friday after getting nearly five inches of rain by mid-morning
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By Celia Young  |
September 29, 2023 - 5:00PM
Heavy rain falls on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 5th Street at around 12:30 p.m. in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Heavy rain falls on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 5th Street at around 12:30 p.m. in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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A heavy rainstorm flooded several New York City streets, shuttered certain subway routes, and drenched residents indoors and out on Friday.

Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency for NYC, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley due to “extreme rainfall,” and the National Weather Service put out a “considerable” flash-flood warning for Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. 

“Please take steps to stay safe and remember to never attempt to travel on flooded roads,” Hochul said in a statement on the social media platform “X.”

Gotham could see up to eight inches of rain by the end of the day, said Mayor Eric Adams during a noon briefing, several hours after the rainfall began.  

“This is a time for heightened alertness and extreme caution,” Adams says. “If you are home, stay home. If you are at work or school, shelter in place for now. Some of our subways are flooded and it's extremely difficult to move around the city.”

Heavy overnight rains already led some Brooklyn locals to abandon their cars on the Prospect Expressway and wade through knee-deep water to escape. Other residents saw sewage flood into their apartments, according to New York state assembly member Emily Gallagher, who posted a video of the flooding on X (formerly known as Twitter). 

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Celia Young is a senior writer at Brick Underground where she covers New York City residential real estate. She graduated from Brandeis University and previously covered local business at the Milwaukee Business Journal, entertainment at Madison Magazine, and commercial real estate at Commercial Observer. She currently resides in Brooklyn.

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