New York under water, or almost. The North American megacity is experiencing significant flooding, after a night of torrential precipitation, which fell between Thursday September 28 and Friday September 29. So much so that the roads, metro and airports are still paralyzed this Friday. The New York authorities are therefore calling on the population to exercise great caution.
The Governor of New York State, Kathy Hochul, declared a “state of emergency” for New York, Long Island to the east of the megacity, and in the Hudson Valley, due to “the extreme precipitation that we are observing,” she announced on X (ex-Twitter). Images reported by AFP journalists, local media, and on social networks showed vehicles traveling with difficulty on flooded roads, or even completely blocked, with water rising up to the level of car windows.
Consequences on the metro and La Guardia airport
Several stations of the city’s gigantic subway system have been partially flooded and several central lines are closed in Brooklyn: “We continue to evacuate water from the tracks due to flooding in several stations in Brooklyn and Manhattan”, indicated on X the official account of the New York subway. La Guardia Airport announced for its part that all access to Terminal A was “currently closed”.
The New York Democratic congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, announced in an email to her constituents that 5 to 12 cm of rain had fallen in the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, with 2.5 to 7 cm still expected depending on the areas. According to the U.S. Weather Service, the severe weather is caused by a low pressure system along the mid-Atlantic coast, which draws moist air from the ocean, “producing areas of heavy rain over northern and eastern regions.” ‘East “.
These floods are taken seriously by the authorities of New York, where Hurricane Ida caused the death of 13 people in September 2021 (and several dozen others in the region), most of them trapped in basements. of houses transformed into apartments in a megacity struggling with a severe housing crisis.
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