Cleanup after torrential rain floods subways, wreaks havoc across Tri-State

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022
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Wild weather wreaked havoc in parts of the Tri-State area as heavy storms rolled through Monday, flooding highways, streets and subway stations. Toni Yates has the story.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Wild weather wreaked havoc in parts of the Tri-State area as heavy storms rolled through Monday, flooding highways, streets and subway stations.

The cleanup was underway Tuesday, especially in New Jersey, where water backed up so much that the floodwaters breached some homes.

The storms flooded out areas in Hackensack and Bogota, leaving streets looking like creeks.

And along Broadway in Fair Lawn, the water came fast and drained slowly.

Congressman Josh Gottheimer toured some areas that suffered the worst damage and vowed investments would be made to fix issues.

In New York City, subway service was restored just before the morning commute on the A line, north of 181st Street station, after a large amount of water flooded the Dyckman Street station in Inwood.

Up to 14 inches of water flooded the roadbed and impacted the third rail that provides electrical power to the subway trains, according to the MTA.

Service was suspended for several hours as crews worked to drain the water and clear debris from the tracks.

Above ground, some streets resembled rivers, including Nagle Avenue and Dyckman Street, where the water reached the top of cars' tires.

Separately, MTA says B and D service was affected after part of a yard that houses subway cars for those lines was flooded.

Harlem and New Haven Line service was temporarily suspended into and out of Grand Central Terminal due to "a series of impacts from a severe summer storm moving through our area."

Crews were eventually able to move the train.

Metro-North Hudson Line service was also delayed because of a disabled train near Spuyten Duyvil and a weather-related track condition between Riverdale and Greystone.

Due to flooding, the Bronx River Parkway north and south was closed from the Sprain Split in Yonkers to the County Center in White Plains.

Portions of the Major Deegan were also closed due to flooding, and the water accumulation brought traffic on several New Jersey roadways to a standstill.

Flooding/ponding conditions are being seen on other parkways, and drivers are urged to use caution.

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