With water up to the waist! Subway floods surprise passengers in the Bronx and Manhattan – Telemundo New York (47)

Commuters on the subway had to dodge waist-deep waters as dozens of motorists were stranded on a flooded Bronx highway Thursday as heavy rains hit the New York City region.

Flash flooding, the product of a series of severe storms ahead of Elsa’s arrival early Friday morning, caused threatening travel conditions in several sectors.

At the corner of 157th Street and Broadway in Upper Manhattan, the storm rapidly flooded the lower level of the station, prompting some brave strangers to fight their way to the 1 train through a body of dirty water. Some put on garbage bags, while others hiked with their pants rolled up.

The flooding also caused the Major Deegan Expressway to close, leaving several vehicles stuck in both directions. A video shared by the NYPD shows officers using a barricade truck to transport stranded motorists. The uniformed officer said the highway has reopened in its entirety, authorities said.

At 149th Street and Grand Concourse, those waiting for trains 2 and 5 reported intense waterfalls on the subway stairs.

Similar conditions were reported on 34th Street and as far south as Spring Street.

The MTA said crews actively responded to the flooding problems.

“We have strengthened the stations in the flooded coastal areas, but when the streets are flooded, the water will always flow downhill,” the agency said in a statement. “Please be careful and do not enter flooded stations while our teams work to resolve this.”

The storm also downed tree limbs, temporarily suspending service on the B and Q lines, according to the MTA. Now those trains are running again.

But the flood that drowned the infrastructure was only a preview. According to the National Weather Service, up to three inches of rain is expected over New York between 2 a.m. and noon on Friday.

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