Watch live: State of Emergency in effect as storm brings flooding, damage to New York City and beyond

Watch live: State of Emergency in effect as storm brings flooding, damage to New York City and beyond


NEW YORK – New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency across New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley as Friday’s strong storm brought flooding and damage across the area.

Significant flooding was reported throughout New York City and beyond. In Brooklyn, cars were seen almost totally submerged in Park Slope.  

Mayor Eric Adams is expected to hold a briefing on the storm soon. We will bring that to you live on CBS News New York and WCBS-TV. 

“I am declaring a State of Emergency in New York City, the Hudson Valley and Long Island in response to the significant, dangerous rainfall that is currently impacting the region and is expected to continue for the next 20 hours. Ahead of this storm we deployed thousands of state personnel and I have directed all state agencies to provide all necessary resources to address this extreme weather event. It is critical that all New Yorkers take all necessary precautions and avoid flooded roads, which are some of the most dangerous places during flash floods,” Hochul said in a statement. 

By 11:20 a.m., more than five inches of rain had fallen in Central Park since midnight. 

Queens and Brooklyn seemed to get particularly hard hit Friday morning, although there were many reports of damage and flooding throughout New York City.  

“My team & I are aware of widespread flooding & dangerous conditions across [Brooklyn]. Like many [New Yorkers], we’ve spent our mornings stranded on subways & buses, but we’re in communication [with] the offices of the mayor & governor & monitoring where conditions are worst,” Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. 

Around 8:30 a.m., emergency responders were on the scene of a partial roof collapse at a warehouse in Lexington Avenue between Classon and Franklin Avenues in Brooklyn. Fortunately all workers at the warehouse were accounted for, according to the FDNY. 

In Windsor Terrace, the FDNY said firefighters rescued a person in danger of drowning in a basement of an apartment building at Sherman Street near Greenwood Avenue. 

Heavy rain brought flooding conditions at Walton Street between Union and Harrison Avenues. Water have overtaken the sidewalk and appeared to partially flood parked cars there. 

Significant flooding was reported in southern Brooklyn. Video posted to X also showed flooding near Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street. 

At Smith and Ninth Street, there was major flooding. 

The flooding and damage and impact wasn’t limited to just Brooklyn, of course. 

The FDR was closed in both directions at Delancey Street in Manhattan due to flooding. 

The Belt Parkway was also closed in both directions at Exit 6 – Cropsey Avenue, the NYPD said. 

There were extensive disruptions to subway and other mass transit service. 

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New York City public schools remained open. 

Video posted to social media from across the area was shocking. Flooded intersections were spotted in Bushwick, Brooklyn. 

The Prospect Park Expressway experienced significant flooding, with at least one car stalled out. 

The Wildlife Conservation Society closed the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and New York Aquarium due to the emergency. 

Stay with us as we continue to cover this weather emergency. 



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