Who doesn’t appreciate another shower on their morning commute?
When you think of New York, most people imagine strolling through Central Park, visiting the Statue of Liberty, or gorging themselves on the smorgasbord of available street meat. But what visitors and residents probably weren’t prepared for is mass flooding during their morning commute, which made the subway feel like a water flume ride at a local theme park.
Videos and pictures poured in on Monday (pun intended) showing a scene that looked all Kevin Costner in Waterworld, leaving passengers soaked, stranded, and playing a big ol’ game of chicken with the rain as an intense storm hit the city. In addition to delays, signal problems left riders stranded in puddle soaked stations with water literally pouring down the walls, New York Magazine reports.
Mother of God.
— josh guild (@jbguild) April 16, 2018
Probably a bad picture but the NYC subway station on 96th street is flooded… underground… pic.twitter.com/exTO7EXcVj
— Lyric (@LyricOfWisdom) April 16, 2018
The day started with a horrendously loud flash flood warning alarm sounding on most people’s phones at 7:30 a.m., a charming way to wake those still asleep in bed, and people were not amused:
Who needs an alarm when you have a flash flood warning blare on your phone and make you think there’s a Nuclear attack
— WAZGÜD™ (@richiebruno1) April 16, 2018
BITCH THAT FLASH FLOOD WARNING JUST TOOK 10 YEARS OFF OF MY LIFE @Apple NEXT TIME PLEASE JUST LET ME DROWN
— sailor jupiter (@niintendhoe) April 16, 2018
So to summarize the last 3 days in NYC:
Saturday: shorts and T-shirt
Sunday: ski jacket and hat
Monday: flash flood / monsoon
— Matt Turck (@mattturck) April 16, 2018
what asshole psychopath made it legal for flash flood warnings to scream at you from your phone like that
— carlyyy (@CarlyEsposito) April 16, 2018
my phone just did one of those loud ass amber alert flash flood warnings without my permission cause i swear to god i thought i turned those notifications off, like i don’t care if i’m in danger, the sun is still rising, let me drown bitch pic.twitter.com/XF1l8vMGD1
— TH3RD (@SERGIOTH3RD) April 16, 2018
And while city residents are used to playing a little game of Frogger whenever it rains, dodging puddles of “let’s not even think about it” on station platforms, Monday’s flooding was of epic proportions. NJ and NY Transit suspended service on several rail lines during the flooding, leaving riders understandably frustrated.
— ensemble, et al. (@ensembleetal) April 16, 2018
Good morning and welcome to hell pic.twitter.com/EJ39NBwr7R
— Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) April 16, 2018
This looks like the basement of the Titanic... pic.twitter.com/onznVjy3Yo— Aya M. Waller-Bey, MPhil (@Aya__Marie) April 16, 2018
Rain was coming in so fast it was pouring down subway walls, leaving it looking like some sort of misplaced waterfall. Because that’s what you want when you’re stuck underground is water seeping in from every orifice around you.
— Mike Murphy (@mcwm) April 16, 2018
New Yorkers are hearty people and can take just about anything anyone throws at them, but between the massive snow the East Coast received this season and now torrential rain fall, I’m thinking they’d like to give Old Man Winter a big throat punch right about now. As would most of the rest of the country.
And it wasn’t just the MTA; roads and airports were also hit by flooding, making a complete mess out of the morning commute for parts of New York and New Jersey. Central Park recorded 3.28 inches of rain by noon, New York Daily News reported.
Here’s hoping spring decides to show up at some point and dig us out of the eternal hellscape we’re in right now. I’m not sure how much more of this shit we can all take.