NEW YORK (PIX11) — Heavy downpours in New York City early Tuesday morning left New Yorkers with a tough commute to navigate.
Pools of water flooded the Long Island Expressway, with stand-still traffic making the drive into Queens from Midtown, Manhattan a mess. Parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn also experienced flooding.
Earlier in September, Mayor Eric Adams and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Ida by announcing stormwater infrastructure initiatives aimed at making the city more resilient to extreme rainfall in the future. The announcement took place in South Ozone Park, where the city recently completed the construction of 2,300 new curbside rain gardens. That work may have helped keep the conditions on the streets decent Tuesday morning.
More than 40 people died across New York City and New Jersey during Ida. In Queens, the record-shattering rainfall resulted in the death of eight residents. Roadways turned into rivers and many homes and businesses were destroyed by flooding.