New York City is currently reeling under flash floods brought due to heavy rains. The streets are flooded, there are electricity cuts, roads are blocked and unfortunately, it also killed one person. A slow-moving storm is a reason behind the heavy rain and flooding in the Big Apple. Read on to know the current situation in NYC.
New York City Ravaged By Flash Floods
According to a report by Hindustan Times, the National Weather Service reported that Hudson Valley in New York City is the most affected region post the storm over the weekend. Sections of Hudson Valley are receiving around five to eight inches of rain. Many vehicles got stuck on the waterlogged streets of New York City where drivers needed help to be rescued from the streets.
Just outside West Point, NY pic.twitter.com/5HiLYuW6E9
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City officials revealed that basements could be flooded which can in turn risk people’s lives. The officials urged people to shift their vehicles to higher regions. Moreover, the floods have created havoc in various regions of the city including Lower Hudson Valley. People are trapped in their cars and debris is spilt across places. Emergency responders are working along the clock to rescue flood victims.
Bridges Collapse, Roads Blocked & Homes Without Electricity
Kathy Hochul, the Governor of New York announced a state of emergency in the Orange County. She called it a life-threatening flood which is taking place over the past few hours on Saturday, July 9. Kathy Hochul further assured citizens that she was in constant communication with State agencies and local officials carrying out rescue operations.
👀 Really bad flooding in Highland Falls/West Point, New York. Flash Flood Emergency declared!
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Also, she went on to confirm that at least 13,000 homes in the flood-affected region have no electricity. The epicentre of the storm is West Point, the U.S. Military Academy in Orange County. On Sunday, this region witnessed around eight inches of rain. As per a BBC report, Steven V. Nevel of the New York State Police stated that many roads were waterlogged and bridges collapsed. State police even urged the public to avoid certain flood-affected roads like Palisades Interstate Parkway in Rockland County.
Meanwhile, the police and responders continue to work round the clock to carry out search and rescue operations amid the heavy flooding in New York City.
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