The threats were highlighted last month, when torrential rains brought by Ida set off tumultuous waters that killed 11 people, including a toddler and his parents, in basement apartments in New York City. At least 43 people have died in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut amid the watery remains of the hurricane, which overwhelmed the region’s dilapidated infrastructure.
Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York and Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey declared a state of emergency Monday evening, ordering agencies under their command to be ready to act on emergency response plans.
In New York, authorities have issued a travel advisory warning those who “need to move” to be careful while doing so and also to give themselves more time to reach their destinations.
City officials have also advised residents of basement apartments like those that were flooded last month to be prepared “to move to a higher floor during periods of heavy rains” and anyone living in the city. flood-prone areas to ‘conserve materials such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting. , and wood at hand ”to protect their homes.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the city’s subway, buses and commuter trains, also said it was taking important steps to prepare for possible flooding. The remains of Ida crippled New York City’s transit system, the second time in just a few months that the subway has seen vivid images of water rushing freely in places clearly incapable of welcome it.
On Tuesday morning, the transport company said buses were experiencing scattered weather-related delays, but the metro and commuter trains were performing as expected. But service between the six southernmost stops of the Staten Island Railroad, which runs along the east side of that borough, has been suspended due to flooding.
New Jersey Transit suspended service between three stops on one of its lines due to “weather conditions” at a station in Fanwood, New Jersey, which was under flash flood watch. Details were not immediately available.