New York declared a state of emergency in the early hours of Thursday after the northeastern region of the United States registered heavy rains and winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which caused significant flooding.
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In New York City, practically all the subway lines have been suspended after being flooded by floods and waterfalls that fell both from the stairs of the stations and from the roofs of the tunnels, once again highlighting the significant deterioration of infrastructure.
“We are suffering a historical meteorological event with rains that are breaking records throughout the city, with brutal floods and dangerous conditions on the roads,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has warned on social networks.
Both De Blasio and New York State Governor Kathy Hochul have pointed out that in a few hours much more rain fell than expected, which has left the region in a “terrible situation.”
“We took all the necessary precautions, and deployed our resources so that they were prepared on the ground, but Mother Nature will do what she wants, and tonight she was very angry,” Hochul told CNN.
De Blasio even banned road traffic in New York until 05:00 local time (09:00 GMT), after the National Weather Service in New York reported that there had been “many reports of rescues and motorists trapped by the Water”.
The governor of the neighboring state of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, has also declared a state of emergency, while Newark International Airport has canceled all its flights and the region’s rail service has suspended almost all of its services.