The northeastern United States was inundated Monday with heavy rain and flooding in several states a day after storms and flash floods washed out highways and killed one person in New York state.
Parts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Vermont are under flood warnings, with states in the region recording heavy rainfall and “life-threatening” flooding, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
Heavy rains in New York state on Sunday turned roads into flooded waterways, washed out bridges, left roads impassable and led Governor Kathy Hochul to declare states of emergency in both counties.
The Orange County Emergency Management office confirmed on Monday that a 35-year-old woman died in Highland Falls, in New York’s Hudson Valley, where “historic flooding” caused extensive damage.
Hochul said the woman was swept to her death by the torrential flood in the valley as she tried to evacuate her damaged home with her dog.
“His fiance literally saw her swept away,” the governor told reporters on Monday.
On Sunday Hochul said up to eight inches (200 mm) of rain had created “life-threatening conditions due to flash flooding.”
As of Sunday night, more than 12,000 customers were without power in the state, but by midday Monday that number had dropped to 3,800, according to poweroutage.us.
Amtrak rail service was suspended between New York City and the state capital of Albany “due to severe weather conditions” at 5:30 a.m., the company said in a statement.
Hochul said the rains appear to be moving east into Vermont where law enforcement earlier reported heavy rain in four counties, with many roads washed out and closed.
“The expected rainfall rate is 0.25 to 0.5 inches in 1 hour,” the NWS said in a state alert. “Flash flooding is occurring” and “catastrophic flooding” is expected Monday in parts of Vermont.
Governor Phil Scott declared a state of emergency.
“Swiftwater rescue teams are being deployed in strategic locations across the state, should they be needed to assist with flood evacuations and rescues,” Scott’s office said in a statement Sunday.
Heavy rain washed away and closed highways, and trapped people in their cars and homes. Search and rescue teams are operating in several locations, according to various media reports.
The NWS said it has received “numerous reports” of significant flooding and people trapped in vehicles in Orange County.
“A few more inches of rain are expected through Tuesday morning as this system moves slowly eastward” and more flooding is possible, it said Monday.
Scientists say climate change is making the risk of heavy rains worse because a warmer atmosphere holds more water.
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