The Northeast of the United States Suffers Devastating Damage from Heavy Rains
The northeast of the United States recorded on Monday the damage caused by heavy rains on Sunday that destroyed infrastructure, caused flooding, and tragically resulted in the death of at least one person in the state of New York. The affected states, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Vermont, were still at risk on Monday for heavy rains that can cause life-threatening flash floods, as warned by the National Weather Service (NWS).
Flooding and Destruction in New York State
Heavy rains that fell in New York State on Sunday turned streets into rivers, destroyed bridges, and damaged highways. Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency in two counties, particularly in the northwest of New York City. In Highland Falls, in the Hudson Valley, “historic flooding” was recorded on Sunday, resulting in serious damage. Tragically, a woman was swept away along with her dog as she tried to leave her home.
Severe Weather Conditions and Power Outages
Rainfall of up to 200 millimeters created “life-threatening conditions due to flash floods,” as explained by Governor Hochul. On Sunday night, more than 12,000 people were left without power in the state, but by Monday, over half had their service restored. Additionally, due to severe weather conditions, the Amtrak rail company suspended its services between New York and the capital of Albany as of early Monday.
Challenges in Vermont
Vermont also faced heavy rains, resulting in damage and closures to several highways in four counties. The National Weather Service described the rainfall and flooding as “catastrophic,” with an expected precipitation rate of 0.25 to 0.5 inches in one hour. Governor Phil Scott declared a state of emergency and ensured that swiftwater rescue teams were stationed throughout the state to assist with evacuations and flood rescues.
Continued Risk and Efforts of Relief Teams
Heavy rains are forecasted to continue, with several additional inches of precipitation expected through Tuesday morning. The possibility of more flash flooding remains a concern. Relief teams are actively operating in various locations, providing assistance and aid to those affected. The National Weather Service has received multiple reports of significant flooding and vehicle entrapment in Orange County.