In New York, the Hudson Valley was the most affected after torrential rains were blamed for one storm-related death in the town of Highlands, state Sen. James Skoufis (D) said in an email, adding that efforts were ongoing to determine whether there were more casualties, as “vital infrastructure and homes were washed away.”
In some cases, Skoufis added, entire roads were “completely destroyed” by the flooding. The nearby U.S. Army Garrison at West Point reported flooded and washed-out roads after nearly 8 inches of rain fell in a deluge that at times carried an intensity only expected to occur in that location about once every 1,000 years, on average. Orange County and Rockland County received 5 to 8 inches of rain, the National Weather Service said.
Calling the floods “life-threatening,” Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) issued a state of emergency for Orange and Ontario counties late Sunday. Nearly 13,000 residents were without power because of the storms in Orange County, she said.
Flash flood warnings were issued for New York City overnight, with officials asking residents of basement apartments to move to a higher floor and for all New Yorkers to stay off roads.
The last severe deluge and flooding in New York City came from the remnants of Hurricane Ida in 2021 and was linked to 44 deaths in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, 16 of them in New York City. The city’s inadequate infrastructure and drainage system were major factors in its vulnerability to flooding, authorities acknowledged at the time.