July 25, 2016
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Urges New Yorkers to Take Precautions Against Flooding During Evening Commute

Governor Cuomo Urges New Yorkers to Take Precautions Against Flooding During Evening Commute

Flash Flood Warning issued for Bronx; Kings; Nassau; New York; Queens; Richmond; and Westchester Counties until 8:00 PM

Governor Cuomo today, advised New Yorkers, particularly during their evening commute, to use caution as the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning this evening until 8 p.m. The Flash Flood Warning includes the City of New York and the additional counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Rockland and Southern Westchester. Flash Flooding is expected with one to two inches of rainfall per hour possible.

“I am urging people to use caution, especially on flooded roads this evening,” said Governor Cuomo. “Often hazards are hidden by water on roadways and it is important to remain alert. It is better to turn around then to find out too late that the power of water can sweep a vehicle off the road.”

Governor Cuomo urges residents to follow all safety recommendations from local officials and reminds New Yorkers to take the following actions when traveling during severe weather:

  • Make sure you have enough fuel for your car.
  • Follow recommended routes. DO NOT sightsee.
  • As you travel, monitor NOAA Weather Radio and local radio broadcasts for the latest information.
  • Watch for washed-out roads, earth-slides, broken water or sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires, and falling or fallen objects.
  • Watch for areas where rivers or streams may suddenly rise and flood, such as highway dips, bridges, and low areas.
  • DO NOT attempt to drive over a flooded road. Turn around and go another way.
  • DO NOT underestimate the destructive power of fast-moving water. Two feet of fast-moving flood water will float your car. Water moving at two miles per hour can sweep cars off a road or bridge.
  • If you are in your car and water begins to rise rapidly around you, abandon the vehicle immediately.

To receive emergency information in your area, sign up for free alerts and notifications at NY Alert’s website: www.nyalert.gov.

Contact the Governor's Press Office

Contact us by phone:

Albany: (518) 474 - 8418
New York City: (212) 681 - 4640