Aug 14, 2014

New York suburbs hit by flash floods after record rainfall

Islip, NY
USA
by
Laila Kearney
,
Reuters
A resident watches as emergency personnel drive their truck through a flooded intersection in Islip, New York August 13, 2014. Photo: Lucas Jackson, Reuters
A resident watches as emergency personnel drive their truck through a flooded intersection in Islip, New York August 13, 2014. Photo: Lucas Jackson, Reuters

More than a foot of rain hit parts of New York's Long Island on Wednesday, enough to set a preliminary state record, triggering flash floods and swamping cars on major roads that were turned into rivers during the morning rush hour. Much of the rain fell during a particularly intense, two-hour burst while commuters were traveling to work...The downpour also hit states surrounding New York, including southeastern Connecticut, which received about 7 inches (18 cm) of rain by just after 8 a.m., and isolated parts of New Jersey, with about 2.5 inches (5 cm) by morning