Flooding prompts road closures, evacuations

March 7, 2011 2:19:04 PM PST
The combination of rain and melting snow resulted in flooding in parts of Rockland and Westchester Counties on Monday.

Abandoned vehicles swallowed by water over their hoods right on Route 59. It looks like a lake.

The low lying portion of roadway near the car wash was covered in four feet of water.

Some motorists failed to heed the warning to stay away from flooded roads. The Xenos sisters watched their mother's car sink as they were driving next to her and helped her get out.

Traffic was diverted at the intersection of 59 and 303.

Up on 9W in Congers, firefighters had to rescue a driver who got stuck in her car with the water rapidly rising. For some reason she went around a barricade only to get trapped and embarrassed.

On Beaver Dam Road in Bedford, Westchester County, heavy rain washed away large sections of the road.

Heavy road graders are working to re-establish the road bed.

"A lot of washouts. A lot of driveway washouts. People can't get out of their driveways, but we are working as best we can, as fast as we can," DPW worker Steve Megna said.

Many drains are clogged and damaged.

In Yonkers, parkways like the Saw Mill River were flooded, forcing drivers to make long detours.

Westchester County police estimated 39 vehicles had been abandoned on flooded roadways. A number of roads remained closed on Monday afternoon, but officials expected those roads to re-open as the flooding receded.

The heavy saturation of rain roared over the spillway at the south end of Rockland County's DeForest Lake. Downstream, the lake overflowed its banks, surrounding homes on Jeffrey Court and stranding some neighbors.

The flooding problem here had supposedly been fixed, but this time the fix didn't work.