Heavy rain leads to major flooding, road closures in the Northeast


Storm, flash flooding hits travel in New York and New Jersey

Heavy rains spawned extreme flooding in New York’s Hudson Valley that killed at least one person, flooded roads and forced road closures Sunday evening as much of the rest of the northeastern United States braced for a major storm.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings in parts of southeastern New York, describing it as “life-threatening,” as well as warnings in northeastern New Jersey.

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus told CBS New York a woman in her mid-30s and her dog were swept away by floodwaters while evacuating her house in Highland Falls. The woman was later found dead. Neuhaus said the dog was found safe and taken in by a neighbor.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted that 13,000 homes had lost power at 9.30 p.m

The rain has hit some parts of the state harder than others, but officials said communities east of the state should prepare for heavy rain and possible flooding.

Officials urged residents in the line of the storm to stay off the roads.

“The amount of water is extraordinary and it’s still a very dangerous situation,” Hochul said.

“We’ll get through this,” the governor said, but added that “it’s going to be a tough night.”

The governor declared a state of emergency just after 9 p.m. Sunday for Orange County, about 60 miles north of New York City, where about 8 inches of rain fell. The state of emergency was extended to Ontario County shortly before 11 p.m

“We are in close communication with local officials and state agencies are participating in search and rescue efforts,” she said.

The state deployed five swift water rescue teams and a high-axle vehicle to help with rescues in flooded areas.

Some videos posted on social media showed the extent of the flooding, with streams of brown torrents rushing right next to houses.

Showers and thunderstorms were also expected in New York City Sunday night and could lead to flooding, the National Weather Service New York writes on Twitter.

The city’s emergency system tweeted that the heavy rain could cause “life-threatening flooding to basements” and instructed residents to “prepare now to move to higher ground if necessary.”

State Route 9W was flooded and the Palisades Interstate Parkway was so wet that parts of it were closed, New York State Police said in a statement. Police asked the public to avoid the parkway.

Portions of the Metro-North train service were expected to be suspended in both directions through Monday due to flooding and downed trees, CBS New York reported. Amtrak train service between Albany and New York City was also suspended due to the weather, according to CBS New York.

More than 1,000 flights scheduled to fly into or out of Laguardia, John F. Kennedy or Newark airports had been canceled Sunday evening, according to FlightAware.

Cedar Pond Brook in Stony Point flowed over the road and into private properties, according to WABC.

The NWS said in a tweet that Monday, “a significant flood threat is expected with a high risk of excessive rainfall across much of New England.” Intense rain may be especially heavy in Vermont and northeastern New York.

“This is a very rare event, not only for the Northland, but for the United States as a whole,” NWS Burlington tweeted. “Significant to catastrophic flooding is likely to occur across portions of our forecast area through Monday.”

In Pennsylvania, at least 39 people in the town of Reading were displaced, CBS Philadelphia reported.

Flooding also closed the eastbound lanes of a stretch of Interstate-76 from about 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

Norfolk, Connecticut, Emergency Management said several roads were closed after the city received five inches of rain in 90 minutes.

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