NY Times: Cars at a standstill, thwarted by floodwater on the Long Island Expressway. Others forced to navigate an intersection in Williamsburg like amphibious vehicles on a Duck tour. Is that Carroll Street? Or is it a river?
Does New York City have an infrastructure problem?
How much rain fell?
The downpour dumped three inches of rain on Staten Island, and nearly that much in northwest Brooklyn.
Yet, if it were a contest, the city would have lost to the suburbs: To the north, West Nyack in Rockland County got 3.8 inches; to the east, Syosset in Nassau County was soaked by 3.9 inches.
A few inches of rain can swamp a New York street?
Yes. The amount of rain that falls, and how fast it falls, are important factors.