Alternate side parking was suspended in New York City Thursday after people slammed the City for initially keeping the rule in effect despite flooding from Tropical Storm Ida that ravaged the area, flooded roadways and led to multiple deaths. They’ll also be nixed for Friday and Saturday.
NYC Alt Side Parking first tweeted at 7:30 a.m. that rules were in effect for Thursday: that was hours after harrowing scenes across the City showed vehicles stranded in flood waters.
Tropical Storm Ida barreled through the tri-state area Wednesday evening with historic rainfall. Central Park saw record-breaking rain with 3.14 inches in one hour, according to the National Weather Service.
At least seven people, including a 2-year-old boy, were killed in New York City as flood waters overtook basement apartments in Queens and Brooklyn.
New York, New Jersey and the National Weather Service all issued emergency declarations during the storm, and Mayor Bill de Blasio warned commuters to avoid the dangerous roads as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) “strongly recommended” commuters avoid any travel.
Following outrage over its initial tweet, NYC Alt Side Parking tweeted at 8:24 a.m. that rules would be suspended Thursday for storm operations.
Alternate side parking rules were later also suspended for Friday and Saturday, officials said.