Torrential rain brought major New York City thoroughfares to a brief halt on Sunday evening as flash flooding overtook parts of Queens and Staten Island.
Little more than five inches accumulated, and the storm subsided shortly before 10 p.m., freeing up traffic along area roadways that were closed for about two hours. Though weather advisories remain in effect until Monday morning, and sScattered showers were forecast for the first half of the coming week.
Those traveling into the city on Monday should not expect delays, Nancy Silvestri, a spokeswoman for the city’s Office of Emergency Management, said.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning just after 5 p.m., and up to four inches of rain was reported in the city shortly afterward.
The Long Island Expressway was closed to traffic in both directions in Fresh Meadows, Queens. By 8 p.m., the Utopia Parkway, the Cross Island Expressway and the Jackie Robinson Parkway were mired by standstill traffic for several miles because of flooding, city officials said. The police were helping to cordon off roadways and to retrieve stranded motorists.
Water rescues on Jackie Robinson Pkwy near the Kew Gardens Interchange. Cross Island Pkwy major flooding in northern Queens. @NYCFireWire— Long Island Weather (@liweatherman) May 31, 2015
Traffic Alert. Cypress Avenue and Vermont Place closed due to vehicle in sinkhole. pic.twitter.com/harqTPu0Rt— NYPD 104th Precinct (@NYPD104Pct) June 1, 2015