Cars navigate a flooded highway, as local media reported the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida bringing drenching rain and the threat of flash floods and tornadoes to parts of the northern mid-Atlantic, in the Queens borough of New York City, U.S., September 2, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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New Yorkers have begun cleaning up from possibly the worst rainstorm it’s ever seen.
More than seven inches of rain fell (and fell hard) across parts of the Five Boroughs between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, sparking the first flash flood emergency in the city’s history, all thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
More than 20,000 customers scattered across the Five Boroughs and Westchester County were without power as of 9 a.m. Sept. 2, according to Con Edison. Among the hardest hit areas by the outages were Morris Park and Throggs Neck in The Bronx, and Castleton Corners and Port Richmond on Staten Island. The utility company says it is working as quickly as possible to restore power to the affected customers.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Kathy Hochul have declared states of emergency across the region. Hochul further asked President Joe Biden for a disaster declaration, and it’s expected the commander-in-chief will approve it before long — opening the door for federal resources to assist the state and city in the cleanup and recovery efforts.
Citing experts, Hochul noted that what New Yorkers experienced on Sept. 1-2, 2021 was a once-in-a-500-year event. But over the last decade, New Yorkers can recall many other previously-unprecedented severe weather events that caused all kinds of damage and disruption — from a macroburst and tornadoes that ripped through Brooklyn and Queens in September 2010; to Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011; to the biggest of them all, Hurricane Sandy, whose deadly storm surge inundated most of the New York City coast in October 2012.