Major flash flooding causes extensive delays, limited services for public transportation
Gov. Kathy Hochul has declared a state of emergency for New York early Thursday after heavy rain brought on widespread flash flooding across the boroughs. Mayor Bill de Blasio also declared a state of emergency for New York City.
The travel ban for all non-emergency vehicles was lifted at 5 a.m., however, drivers are still urged to stay off the roads.
Officials report there are still very dangerous road conditions with flooding in major areas. Major flash flooding caused by remnants of Ida drenched the city's subway system, disrupting train services and leaving commuters stranded and unable to get home. The MTA says it's pumping water and still working to evacuate people stranded on trains and platforms.
At this hour, service remains suspended on several lines including the 5, 6 and all blue lines. Five lines are running on limited service.
The Long Island Rail Road is working to resume westbound service, but all eastbound service, as well as the entire Port Washington branch remain suspended. Metro-North service is also suspended.
As of now, most New York City buses are running, but with very limited service and extensive delays. The MTA and officials urge people to avoid traveling.