Videos Show New York City Subway Flooding As State of Emergency Declared Following Ida

Flash floods have hit New York City as the remnants of hurricane Ida batter the region with rain.

Footage posted to social media showed that streets, homes and subway stations were flooded, with people wading through water that was waist-high in some locations.

One Twitter user captured footage of huge amounts of water surging up from underground into the 28th Street station as people look on.

Other videos show water cascading down stairwells before pooling into the stations below.

🦉Waterfall down the stairs at 145th Street station, 1 Train, in #Manhattan, #NYC. Flash flood warnings are in effect until 11:30 pm Local Time.🧐

— Dr. Rofina Subash, VJ (@rj_rofina) September 2, 2021

@NYCTSubway G Train stop at Metropolitan on the Court Square bound side.

— M.K. Elise (@mckenna_elise) September 2, 2021

Train services were extremely limited if not suspended early on Thursday morning.

On the street in Bushwick, one Twitter user recorded a clip of water so high that cars appeared half-submerged among floating debris.

Bushwick floods.
Knickerbocker Avenue.
Stay safe!

— thisbushwicklife (@BushwickLife) September 2, 2021

Faced with the significant flooding, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency early on Thursday morning and said people should stay off the subways.

He said in a Twitter post: "We're enduring an historic weather event tonight with record breaking rain across the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads."

The National Weather Service (NWS) warned on Wednesday that New York state would be hit by the remnants of Ida with a "moderate to high risk" of excessive rainfall and flash flooding.

The NWS said some instances of flooding could be significant since the ground was already saturated due to prior heavy rain events.

A flash flood emergency was announced for the NYC Metro, Northeast New Jersey and Southern Weschester at 11:54 p.m. EDT on Wednesday night, with people urged to seek higher ground immediately.

"This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation," the NWS said in a bulletin. "Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order."

Flash flood warnings were in place overnight for areas including Nassau County, Queens County and Western Suffolk County until 6:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday.

The NWS also warned people to "turn around, don't drown" when encountering flooded roads. "Most flood deaths occur in vehicles," it said.

People were also encouraged to report observed flooding to local emergency services whenever they could do so safely and request that they pass this information on to the NWS.

New York is one of the latest states to be hit by Ida as the storm, which started out as a hurricane, made landfall last weekend and devastated parts of the U.S. Gulf coast. It has since traveled in a north-east direction.

Louisiana was particularly hard-hit by the storm this week, with hundreds of thousands of people left without power. Energy companies are still working in the state to assess the damage and bring electricity back online for customers in the sweltering state.

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A street affected by flood water in the Bronx borough of New York City on September 1, 2021. The remnants of storm Ida have brought heavy rains. David Dee Delgado/Getty