The governor of new york, Kathy Hochul, He said on Saturday that the floods this Friday in the state were “historic” with the paralysis of public transport, roads and airports, but it did not cause any deaths. This caused “even the sea lions in the zoo to try to escape” from the pond, the Democrat said.
“This event is historic. In some places, records are broken. And this is the heaviest rain ever recorded at John F. Kennedy Airport (…) And in some places, it’s the heaviest rain ever recorded since 70 years, “standing.
Although this Saturday the rain has stopped and normalcy has returned to the transportation system, A state of emergency remains in effect in New York City and the Long Island and Mid-Hudson regions.
According to authorities, there was more than nine inches (about 23 centimeters) of rain in Nassau County, which is east of the Big Apple; Some parts of New York City saw flooding of six to eight inches (15 to 20.32 centimeters), while Westchester County, north of the city, saw more than six inches of water. .
Hochul noted that these storms used to be seen “once in a century,” but this is the third time since he took office two years ago that such a weather event has occurred in the state. “We know this is a consequence of climate change. Unfortunately, this is the new normal and it makes us more prepared than ever,” he added.
You criticized the mayor
The mayor of New York, Eric Adams, defended himself against the criticisms surrounding him now for himself The response to the chaos experienced in the city was delayed due to the heavy rain which caused flooding and problems in the country’s largest transportation system.
“If someone was caught off guard (by the rain), then they had to be living under a rock,” he said in an interview with radio station 1010 Wins. Immediately, the mayor stressed that he has “a great team of professionals who know their job.”
“I think it’s a benefit for New Yorkers to see that it’s not just the mayor but a team of professionals,” he said.
The heavy rain that fell for several hours, and which led to a declaration of a state of emergency, caused chaos in roads were closed, streets turned into lakes, the old subway system was completely disrupted on some routes or parts of others leaving thousands of people doing everything possible to get to their jobs or homes.
Faced with this transportation chaos and criticism of his management in the face of bad weather, Adams told New Yorkers that “this too shall pass.” Approximately 2.4 million people use the city’s subway and 1.2 million use buses. In some schools they had to be taken to the upper floors because of the flood.