Heavy rain causes flooding, closures on some Bronx roadways

Heavy overnight showers caused flooding and closures on many roads in the borough Tuesday.



Water flooded a section of the Mosholu Parkway near the Bronx Botanical Gardens, which made it difficult for commuters.



Flooding also temporarily closed northbound lanes on the parkway from West Gun Hill Road to the entrance of the Major Deegan Expressway. 



The Bruckner Expressway was temporarily closed at Westchester Avenue, but later reopened. 



Local roads and side streets were also left with giant puddles of standing water. Randal and Hollywood avenues in Throgs Neck saw several inches of flooding. So did Bronx River Avenue, where at least one landlord says water backed up out of sinks, toilets and drains.



Raphael Cruz says city officials told him the flooding was caused by debris trapped in catch basins. But he says that despite efforts to clean up, the problem persists.



Cruz says the city Department of Environmental Protection provided him with an independent contractor who determined that the city's sewage system was responsible for the issues.



"We have baby wipes and bottles from the city sewer coming back into the house," Cruz says.



The DEP did not immediately respond to a News 12 request for comment.


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