After a night described as “absolute chaos” in which roads and bridges were washed away, continued rain and widespread flash flooding were expected in New York and New England on Monday, a day after downpours left flooded homes, stranded vehicles and other damage. Hudson Valley.
At least one person, a woman in her 30s, died in the floods, officials said. County Administrator Steven M. in Orange County, NY. Neuhaus said Monday that the victim was trying to leave her home while carrying her pet and was swept down the ravine.
“Last night was a complete mess,” Mr. Trump told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Neuhaus said.
As the water receded in some places, roads and bridges were damaged, making it difficult for search and rescue teams to keep track of fans and residents, he said.
“Some people may have been swept away,” he said.
In Highland Falls, a riverside town about 50 miles north of New York City, a large puddle still sat in the middle of Main Street as workers cleared debris Monday morning and Gov. Kathy Hochul prepared to give a briefing. Roads in the area were closed as crews inspected bridges and worked to remove football-sized rocks and other debris.
In nearby West Point, a military golf course was littered with branches and mangled cart paths, as motorists faced Monday’s commute.
Highland Falls resident Todd Steele, 50, was surveying damage to a local bridge, where bits and pieces of broken asphalt and broken sheds blocked traffic. He said the village has seen flooding before, including during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, but Sunday’s was worse.
“It came up really fast,” he said, referring to the stream that flows from the local mountains toward the Hudson. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
More than 8 inches of rain has fallen in West Point since Sunday, and more than 7 inches fell in just 4 hours yesterday afternoon. According to preliminary weather data recorded at the United States Military Academy.
More rain is expected in northeastern parts on Monday. There is a high probability of heavy rain across the Champlain Valley and northern Vermont, where very long periods of rain are possible.
The rain caused flash flooding in five counties across northern Vermont, where 3 inches of rain has fallen so far, the National Weather Service office in Burlington said early Monday. Up to an inch of rain was forecast every hour.
The Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for central Vermont, Addison, Orange, Rutland and Windsor counties through the afternoon.
“Disastrous widespread flash flooding is expected through Monday evening, with potential impacts not seen from Irene” Forecasters wrote Monday morning.
Flooding and incessant rain inundated Vermont and other states in 2011 when Hurricane Irene swept up the East Coast, washing away infrastructure and homes.
Many parts of central and northern New England have received 200 to 300 percent of normal rainfall over the past 14 days, forecasters at the Weather Forecast Center said. Streams are already running unusually fast, some with all-time record runs.
According to the National Weather Service, the Hudson Valley took the brunt of the storm on Sunday, with some areas recording up to eight inches of rain.
Portions of the heavily traveled Palisades Interstate Parkway were impassable, and several bridges collapsed, said Trooper Steven V. of the New York State Police. Newell said.
Traffic through the area continued on Monday. As of Monday morning, LaGuardia in New York and John F. Flight tracking service FlightAware reported dozens of flights were canceled from Kennedy Airport. More than 30 flights were canceled from Boston’s Logan International Airport.
Amtrak Services were suspended Monday between New York City and Albany. An Amtrak train bound for New York City was halted Sunday evening as it approached Poughkeepsie, an Amtrak employee reported a “complete washout of both tracks” south of the city, preventing any travel on the train.
Metro-North suspended a portion of its Hudson Line between Croton-Harmon and Poughkeepsie on Monday as trees and other debris still covered the tracks.
Governor Hochul declared a state of emergency on Sunday and later expanded it to cover several parts of the state. “If you are in an area affected by the storm tonight, please stay off the roads and take steps to stay safe.” He said on Twitter.
Claire Moses Contributed report.