NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency in New York City as the remnants of Ida moved through with heavy rain Wednesday.
The mayor tweeted around 11:30 p.m., saying, “We’re enduring an historic weather event tonight with record breaking rain across the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads.”
He encouraged New Yorkers to stay inside and to avoid the roads and subways.
Please stay off the streets tonight and let our first responders and emergency services get their work done.
If you’re thinking of going outside, don’t. Stay off the subways. Stay off the roads. Don’t drive into these heavy waters.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) September 2, 2021
The MTA strongly encouraged New Yorkers to avoid traveling, saying train service was extremely limited, if not suspended, because of the rainfall and flooding.
Train service is extremely limited, if not even suspended, because of heavy rainfall and flooding across the region. We strongly recommend you avoid traveling at this time, if you can. Check https://t.co/vhZQ2kZ2vb before you travel.
— NYCT Subway. Wear a Mask. (@NYCTSubway) September 2, 2021
As CBS2’s Cory James reports, at the Woodhaven Boulevard subway station in Queens, the tracks were completely covered with flood water, and video posted to Twitter showed water gushing into the 28th Street station.
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Another video posted to Twitter shows water flooding a city bus. Passengers stand on the seats while the driver appears to navigate the bus through a flooded road.
As CBS2’s Ali Bauman reports, at least seven cars were stuck in flood waters at West 125th Street and Amsterdam in Harlem.
Cars were also seen driving through heavy flood waters on the FDR.
The NYPD warned New Yorkers to expect delays in all major crossings and road closures.
Weather Advisory: Due to flooding, expect delays in all major crossings and road closures. Stay off the roads and use public transportation if possible. pic.twitter.com/RvPq0BTfpS
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) September 2, 2021
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency Wednesday night, saying it only was the second time they had ever issued such a warning and the first time they had issued it in the city.
NYC metro heads up! Flash Flood Emergency until 1130 pm. Avoid travel if at all possible. Turn around don’t drown. Multiple water rescues ongoing across NE NJ and NYC metro. https://t.co/LCYyo4130T
— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) September 2, 2021
A flash flood watch is in effect until 2 p.m. Thursday, and the Office of Emergency Management issued a travel advisory into Thursday morning. The Department of Buildings also ordered construction crews to secure their equipment.
Stick with CBS2, CBSN New York and CBSNewYork.com for the latest forecast and weather alerts.
CBS2’s Cory James contributed to this report.
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