Heavy overnight rains in New York have caused a state of emergency as the city experiences one of its wettest days in decades. The financial capital of the US has been partially paralyzed, with airports and subways struggling to operate due to waterlogging.
Footage on social media showed flyers wading through floodwaters to enter LeGuardia airport, which has also closed one of its terminals.
The city is experiencing blocked roads, traffic jams, and half-submerged cars, severely impacting movement. Mayor Eric Adams has urged residents to stay home, while Governor Kathy Hochul has declared a state of emergency and advised residents to plan their escape routes.
The New York subway system has also been heavily affected, with several lines closed in Brooklyn due to water pouring into stations. These flash floods have highlighted concerns about global warming.
The city’s Environmental Protection Commissioner, Rohit Aggarwala, has stated that climate change is contributing to the changing weather patterns. He also noted that the city’s infrastructure response has been inadequate.