New York (AFP)
Several subway stations were inundated and major roads were cut in New York City on Thursday before the expected arrival of Storm Elsa, which moved up the east coast of the United States after hitting Florida with wind and rain. .
Between 2 and 4 inches of water fell in a series of thunderstorms over the city and surrounding areas Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service (NWS) said, “causing severe flash flooding in places.”
Subway passengers posted video footage of flooded platforms at the 157th Street station in upper Manhattan to Twitter.
Commuters could be seen waist-deep in the water, crossing a dark pool to reach the station platforms.
“Lines 1 and A have really taken a hit, with a lot of flooding at stations,” Sarah Feinberg, head of the MTA, New York’s public transport authority, said at a press briefing on Thursday. .
Some major roads, especially in the Bronx, have been temporarily closed, disrupting traffic. New York police tweeted images of motorists stranded at the water’s edge.
# photo1The NWS has warned of possible new flooding by Friday morning, with the expected arrival of heavy rains brought by Storm Elsa, which is rising from Florida.
Despite the city’s flood protection work since Hurricane Sandy in 2012 – which killed 44 people and crippled the U.S. economic capital for days – New York remains highly vulnerable to flooding, and such incidents are expected to increase due to of climate change.
Several officials, including Eric Adams, president of Brooklyn and frontrunner in New York’s November municipal election after winning the Democratic primary this week, have called for urgent investments to fortify the city’s infrastructure.
“Extreme weather events like this are not going to go away,” warned one of her main opponents, Kathryn Garcia, who oversaw the water pumping after Hurricane Sandy.
“We need to invest in strategies to protect the city,” she said.
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