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Flash-flood watch in effect for NYC; Johnson postpones High Line resource fair

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Because of a flash-flood watch for New York City, Council Speaker Corey Johnson is asking people to take a rain check for his community-resource fair that was scheduled for the High Line at 14th Street starting at 6 p.m. Thursday evening.

“I regret to write that due to a Flash Flood Watch beginning this afternoon at 4 p.m. through 8 a.m. on Friday, September 24, we have decided to postpone our Community Resource Fair,” Johnson wrote in an e-mail blast to his West Side constituents. “We appreciate everyone who sent us their RSVP, and we look forward to seeing all of you at a rescheduled date for our resource fair soon.”

Per Johnson’s e-mail, the National Weather Service has issued a flash-flood watch for New York City. This status is reported for the Big Apple when there is a forecast of 1 inch of rain per hour for a full hour. A flash-flood warning does not mean that flooding is imminent, but that it’s possible.

According to the National Weather Service, rain and scattered thunderstorms are forecast citywide starting Thursday afternoon and lasting through Friday. Light rain on Thursday morning will become steadier after 2 p.m. with a chance for scattered thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain.

Maximum rainfall rates are forecast to potentially reach 1 inch per hour. The greatest chance of heavy rain and thunderstorms is from 6 p.m. Thursday through 2 a.m. Friday. There is also a potential for 60 mph wind gusts during periods of heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms. A total of 1.5 inches to 2 inches of rain is expected with locally higher amounts possible.

New York City Emergency Management issued a travel advisory for Thursday through Friday.

Following the disastrous Sept. 1 flash flood from Hurricane Ida, the city is warning people who live in basement apartments to “be prepared to move to a higher floor during heavy rain.”

At least 13 New York City residents died during the flooding earlier this month, 11 of them in basement or cellar apartments. According to the Department of Buildings, most of these apartments were not legal for residential use. Illegal basement and cellar apartments are often used by immigrants seeking affordable housing.

Correction: The headline of the original version of this article stated that a flash-flood warning had been issued for New York City. Currently, the status is a flash-food watch, meaning a flood is not imminent — but that it is possible.

2 Comments

  1. rob rob September 23, 2021

    Currently a watch not a warning. This is an important distinction.

  2. Myron Gold Myron Gold September 24, 2021

    It is disgraceful how disabled people were treated in trying to access the community resource fair on Thurs. 9/23. We showed up at the 10th Ave. and W. 14th St. entrance to the elevator to the High Line only to learn it was out of order. Instead they said go to W. 23rd St. or 30th or Ganvesoort St. This is what the city says to the disabled in walkers and wheelchairs, the blind etc. At this point I took the M11 bus all the way to 30th St. but the rain came down, so I continued home. I had not heard of the resource fair cancelation. There has to be an explanation for this.

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