THE NEW YORK On Friday, New Yorkers who were dealing with flooded basements and destroyed property expressed their frustration.
The earlier-in-the-day torrential rain simply was too much for storm drains to handle.
Although the flooding has since abated, one restaurant owner told CBS New York that she would have had to swim through the street to get to her front door because of how severe it was.
Instead, she kept an eye on the flooding via her security cameras, and by the time the storm subsided, her outdoor dining structure was gone.
This storm affected everyone, and that is just one New Yorker’s tale.
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You were almost likely impacted by the nonstop rain in New York City on Friday, whether you were riding the subway or driving on the FDR.
Most subway lines were interrupted, and Metro-North was completely suspended for hours outside of Manhattan, making it difficult for commuters to travel to and from work.
3,500 buses are currently on the road. They are moving forward and arriving at their destinations. There have only been a few stranded. They currently make up the lion’s portion of our public transportation, according to MTA Chairman and CEO Janno Lieber.
While New Yorkers were told to stay at home, many basement apartments in Brooklyn weren’t safe to stay in due to sewer systems that were backed up and pouring out of people’s toilets and bathtubs.
Thomas Trevisan, a resident of Williamsburg, claimed that “laptops were destroyed, mattresses were destroyed, furniture was destroyed, not to mention all the issues with the sanitation concerns.”
“The water really leaks back into the basement through the main sewer line. Gowanus Garden Restaurant owner Kelly Hayes remarked, “Instead of going out, it comes in and explodes out like a freakin’ geyser.
Her outside dining structure was drowned and destroyed by floodwaters that reached at almost 3 feet on Friday morning, which filled the basement of her restaurant with sewage.
It will cost me between $5,000 and $10,000 to get the trash removed, so that won’t even begin to rebuild my business, according to Hayes.
By the time Hayes received any sort of emergency alert from the city, she claimed it was already too late.
Hayes remarked, “Like the flash flooding is happening right now, and we were already underwater.”
After a storm hits New York City, hundreds of flights are canceled or delayed.
Mayor Eric Adams is currently under fire from Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams for what they see as his lack of urgency prior to the storm.
Williams added, “You should probably prepare to have a press conference in the early morning so we can update people on where we are if you’re going to send us some information the night before.”
Adams claimed that on Thursday afternoon, his administration sent out alerts.
“You announced the impending storm on the radio. One would have to be living under a rock to be unaware that a storm was approaching the city, and we still use social media and other notice systems, the mayor remarked.
Many people believed the worst flooding was behind us when Hurricane Ida’s leftovers hit our region in 2021. But here in New York City, Friday was yet another day with exceptional weather.
Assemblywoman Emily Gallagher stated, “We at the state and city need to move faster to do storm water infrastructure and improve our response with climate.”
According to City Hall, 15 individuals were saved from their apartments on Friday, while three people needed to be pulled from basements. Thankfully, nobody suffered a significant injury.
Hayes plans to reopen her restaurant the following week, but she estimates that the damage would cost her $30,000 to repair.