WATCH: Trucker Gets Caught in Treacherous Waters Amid Historic Flooding in Northeast
Staten Island, NY – The remnants of Hurricane Ida dropped record rainfall across much of the Northeast on Wednesday leading to perilous travel conditions for many truckers and motorists.
Parts of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania experienced historic rainfall on Wednesday.
In fact, the wild weather became so dangerous that governors of New York and Pennsylvania, along with the mayor of New York City (NYC), each declared states of emergencies.
The National Weather Service (NWS) even issued a Flash Flood Emergency (FFE) for the NYC metro area.
An FFE is only issued in “exceedingly rare situations” when a severe threat to human life and catastrophic damage from a flash flood is happening or will happen soon, NWS said.
It didn’t take long before social media began to fill with images and videos from the flooding which NWS described as a “once in a 100 to 500-year event.”
Truckers and motorists were urged not to travel in the hazardous conditions.
However, many still found themselves in treacherous situations.
One person captured video of a semi-tanker caught in dangerously high waters as the driver attempted to navigate along a street in Staten Island.
— NYJuventus (@NYJuve) September 2, 2021
Below are more incredible scenes from the record flooding.
This is north of NYC, Central Park Av in Scarsdale#NYCFlooding #NewJersey #flooding
#NY #NYC #NewYorkCity #Ida #HurricaneIda #NJwx #flashflooding #Emergency #tornadowarnings pic.twitter.com/CUa5RXGyXo
— Chaudhary Parvez (@ChaudharyParvez) September 2, 2021
ALERT Vehicles literally floating in flood water in Queens, New York City pic.twitter.com/Xd99tYWrE0
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) September 2, 2021
— Baruch Sandhaus (@BaruchSandhaus) September 2, 2021
BREAKING: Flooding right now in Short Hills, New Jersey. This is downtown!
— Tena Ezzeddine (@TenaNYCLA) September 2, 2021
One New Yorker was even captured floating on a pool raft while having a smoke amid the deluge.
— Maria A (@miszmaria90) September 2, 2021
The NYC subway system also had to be shut down and service suspended.
Rainfall from tropical storm Ida gushing into the New York City subway pic.twitter.com/7wBH5qtM1U
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) September 2, 2021