New York: The major city of America, New York, is grappling with a flood crisis due to torrential rain. The rain has caused flash flooding in many parts of the city, submerging roads and subways and disrupting normal life. New York Governor Kathy Hochul has declared a state of emergency today, urging people to stay safe and avoid flooded roads.
According to US media, the National Weather Service reported that some areas received more than 2 inches (5.08 cm) of rain by Friday morning, and another 2 inches were expected in the next few hours. The rain has overwhelmed the city’s drainage system and flooded many streets and highways. The water level has reached up to the windows of some cars and buses, making it impossible for people to commute. A video shows how dire the situation is.
The city’s public transport systems have also collapsed due to the flooding. The subway systems have stopped running and at least one terminal of LaGuardia Airport was closed on Friday. The subway department has issued a statement warning city residents about limited train service and advising them to use alternative modes of transportation. Governor Hochul has also asked all New Yorkers to check weather updates and take precautions.
Governor Hochul tweeted, “I am declaring a state of emergency in New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley due to the excessive rainfall occurring throughout the area. Please take steps to stay safe and remember to never attempt to travel on flooded roads.” She also said that she was in contact with local officials and emergency responders to provide assistance and resources.’