NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Winter weather made a mess of area roads and caused treacherous driving conditions Sunday morning, with hundreds of accidents reported, including several multi-car pileups.
A record 2.09 inches of rain fell in Central Park, CBS2 Meteorologist Elise Finch reported.
And as the rain moved out of the area Sunday evening, there was a new concern: flooding.
A flood warning has been issued for Fairfield and Litchfield counties in Connecticut until 11:30 a.m. Monday.
In New Jersey, a flood warning was in effect in eastern and western Bergen County through 5 a.m.
An aerial flood warning was also issued in eastern and western Monmouth, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, northwestern Burlington, and Somerset counties until 5 a.m. Monday.
As CBS2’s Matt Kozar reported, one driver was forced to wade through several feet of water on Route 22 in New Jersey.
The Northern State Parkway on Long Island was closed at exit 35 due to flooding.
The Hutchinson River Parkway was also closed because of flooding between exit 12 and exit 16.
The right lane of the Belt Parkway was closed at exit 11 heading westbound and the left lane was closed at the same exit heading eastbound.
Earlier in the day, up to 15 cars were involved in one crash on the southbound lanes of the Palisades Interstate Parkway near the approach to the George Washington Bridge, CBS2 reported.
Evan Brenner lost control on his way to Manhattan and was one of the 15 cars involved in the Palisades Parkway crash, CBS2’s Ilana Gold reported.
“There’s absolutely no warning until it’s too late,” he said. “People were screaming ‘get out of your car, get out of the road, get out of the road.’ And I turned around and another car was coming and the same thing happened.”
Another crash involved at least 20 vehicles on the Cross Bronx Expressway near White Plains Road, CBS2 reported.
There was also a multi-vehicle accident on the Hutchinson River Parkway near the Cross County Parkway, WCBS 880 reported. And on Staten Island, there was a 15-car pileup at Clove and Richmond roads, 1010 WINS’ Derricke Dennis reported.
In Teaneck, New Jersey, a mangled tractor-trailer was part of a 30-car pileup on I-95.
A witness recorded video of paramedics and bystanders rescuing a man who was having a heart attack in one of the cars, Gold reported. They used a blanket to drag him along the ice because an ambulance couldn’t get close enough to the scene.
The conditions were so bad, the Long Island Expressway was briefly shutdown in both directions at the Midtown Tunnel.
The traffic problems extended far beyond those highways, however.