BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Heavy rain made its way across the Tri-State Area Thursday, causing a wash-out of roadways and making for a soggy day from northern New Jersey to eastern Long Island.
CBS2’s Lonnie Quinn reported impressive rain totals around the area – topping out at 4.66 inches in Wantagh, 3.08 inches in White Plains, 2.85 inches in Holmdel, 1.5 inches in Central Park, and 1.12 inches in Danbury, Connecticut.
As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, the torrential rains shut down major highways around midday Thursday on Long Island. The Sagtikos and Sunken Meadow state parkways were left submerged.
“We had a flash flood, which I’ve never been in,” said motorist Elise Banks.
“It was coming down – there’s floods all over the place,” another driver said.
The underpass at Sunrise Highway and Hubbards Path in Babylon also flooded so quickly that Kathleen Martin and her father feel lucky they didn’t get stuck in their truck, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported.
“We were coming off Hubbards and he screamed ‘Don’t go in the water!’ It was 2 1/2 feet of water,” she said.
The car in front of Martin did get stuck and Banks, who was behind the wheel, had to be rescued when her engine stalled.
“The water came up because you can see I’m wet. So it came probably right to my dorsal here,” Banks said. “That’s very scary and I thank God for the good Samaritan that came and got me out of the car.”
It took a good Samaritan to help Banks to safety. And with more than two inches of rain dumped in under an hour, tow truck drivers responded to a flood of rescues.
“Cars stuck, people stuck, you know, Nassau’s finest; Suffolk’s finest going and helping everybody,” said tow truck operator Rob Scharf.