Although the rain over New York and New Jersey has finally stopped, the overnight showers left many neighborhoods flooded. ABC News reports that LaGuardia Airport rain meters recorded rainfall totals as high as five-and-a-half inches last night. Thanks to the heavy downpour, many roadways were closed including the West Side Highway, FDR Drive, and Routes 3 and 17 in New Jersey. Elsewhere, cars were stuck in water on stretches of road such as the Hutchinson River Parkway, Bronx River Parkway, and Cross County Parkway.
Rail lines were also affected as flooding caused part of a retaining wall to come down as the result of a mudslide on Warburton Avenue in Yonkers. Debris slid down an embankment and onto three nearby Metro-North rail lines.
As for today, the effects of last night’s torrent are still being felt and commuters can expect up to 30-minute delays on the Metro-North Hudson Line that goes through Yonkers. Overnight, dozens of basements in the Lindenwood section of Howard Beach, Queens were also flooded due to a combination of heavy rains and sewer problems likely caused by Hurricane Sandy. This morning, many residents were pumping out their waterlogged first-floor apartments and basements.
Some areas still aren’t out of woods though. Forecasters speaking with ABC News said the Millstone River in Hillsborough and the Raritan River in Bound Brook are both well above flood stage. Meanwhile, school remains canceled in Manville after a localized evacuation was issued when much of their Main Street was overtaken by water.
via ABC News