Photo Credit: PaulleeWR/Twitter
New York City subway stations flooded with several feet of water on Thursday afternoon, just a few hours before Storm Elsa officially hit. But the torrential downpour didn’t stop New Yorkers from completing their commutes. Or at least, trying to.
Several videos, now shared across various platforms on social media, show New Yorkers braving a “chest high” flood in the underground, some wading, sans any waterproof protection, to make it to the train on time.
I would simply not walk into the chest high water in the New York subway station https://t.co/nK0RENTFWM— ℮oin Higgins (@℮oin Higgins) 1625783961
Twitter user @PaulleeWR documented the especially damp afternoon, sharing a series of Tweets demonstrating New York commuters’ various solutions to stay dry(ish) at the 157th Street Station, en route to the 1 line.
The second video in the series shows several commuters on the subway stairs, donning garbage bags as make-shift ponchos, slowly descending into the depths one-by-one. Paullee calls this creative solution the “potato sack approach.”
And…an attempt. https://t.co/VHk3Rnv6zd— Paullee 🤠 (@Paullee 🤠) 1625776502
The “potato sack” approach worked for some, but unfortunately, not all.
At the same station, but filmed from a different stairwell, a man can be seen wading through knee-deep waters, wearing a plastic bag — likely an impromptu umbrella replacement — upon his head.
Another clip, which one commenter noted “looks like a scene from Titanic,” shows the 149th Street Grand Concourse stairwell transforming into a waterfall.
“Stairs looking like a water park ride right now,” @subwaycreatures noted.
Such was the case for the 125th Street Station as well.
@MTA Flooding in 125th St. station https://t.co/REAQSoUFSx— Mark Metzger (@Mark Metzger) 1625773408
The New York City Transit Subways account reassured its followers that its “crews are actively addressing flooding issues in our stations, suggesting MTA riders to “pease be safe and do not enter flooded stations while our crews work to resolve this.
Crews are actively addressing flooding issues in our stations. We’ve hardened stations in coastal flooding zones,… https://t.co/sA0SPwMXy4— NYCT Subway. Wear a Mask. (@NYCT Subway. Wear a Mask.) 1625782882
Sarah Feinberg, Interim President of the MTA, also tweeted that NYCT crews are working to resolve the issue, though some are displeased with the city’s response thus far.
For now, New York, please remember to pack an umbrella. Or canoe.
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