Southwest Brooklyn, close to the water, is hardest hit by the storm

Torrential rain from Hurricane Ida hit Bay Ridge. Photo courtesy Loudlabs NYC News

While the effects of Hurricane Ida were felt across New York City, they were particularly evident in vulnerable south Brooklyn on Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service, the city received 3-5 inches of rain an hour.

Kings County had a tornado warning for much of the evening.

The upper lanes of the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge were closed at around 9 p.m. due to strong winds. The next day, according to published reports, parts of Owl’s Head Park in Bay Ridge were either completely flooded or inundated with mud.

US MP Nicole Malliotakis (D-Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island) called on President Joe Biden to issue a Stafford Act statement (authorizing the president to declare a disaster or major emergency) to help the city and state to provide government support.

“It is now clear that the Ida Tropical Depression floods were worse than tropical Storm Henri and even resulted in several deaths in New York City,” Malliotakis said. “There has been rampant flooding in homes, shops, subway stations and streets.

“Governor Hochul has already declared a state of emergency, and it is imperative that President Biden authorizes FEMA to alleviate the hardship and suffering caused by this storm and to provide financial aid to the affected city, state and residents,” said she.

Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency for all five districts shortly before midnight. Governor Kathy Hochul also declared a state of emergency in the state.

“We are witnessing a historic weather event tonight with record-breaking rain across the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our streets,” said de Blasio.

Shortly afterwards, the MTA closed every train line.

“Torrential rains have caused huge amounts of water to seep into subways and floodways, causing serious disruptions to the service,” said Janno Lieber, acting MTA chairman and CEO. “Our concern is with those stuck on trains after six inches of rain fell within hours, and working with first responders is our top priority to safely evacuate everyone from the system.”

Service restores slowly during the day with significant delays.

“Service is extremely limited due to the flooding across New York City,” the MTA said in a statement

Parking on the other side has also been discontinued across the city.

“Please stay as far away from the roads as possible while we continue the storm operations,” said de Blasio on September 2nd at 8am.

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