Major flooding disrupts NYC subway service as Hochul and Adams declare state of emergency

September 29, 2023

Nearly every subway line is experiencing service disruptions on Friday morning as extreme rainfall and flooding slam New York City. In a post on X, formerly called Twitter, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said “there is only extremely limited subway service,” with several lines suspended or partially suspended due to water on the tracks. In response to the heavy rainfall and extreme flooding, Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday declared a state of emergency for New York City, the Hudson Valley, and Long Island.

“I am declaring a State of Emergency in New York City, the Hudson Valley and Long Island in response to the significant, dangerous rainfall that is currently impacting the region and is expected to continue for the next 20 hours,” Hochul said.

“Ahead of this storm we deployed thousands of State personnel and I have directed all State agencies to provide all necessary resources to address this extreme weather event. It is critical that all New Yorkers take all necessary precautions and avoid flooded roads, which are some of the most dangerous places during flash floods.”

As of 11:14 a.m. on Friday, service has been suspended on the B, G, N R, and W lines, as well as the Prospect Park shuttle. Service is partially suspended on the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, E, D, F, M, L, and Q lines. There are also delays on the 6, 7, A, C, J, and Z lines, and the shuttle to Times Square.

Bus service is severely disrupted citywide due to extreme flooding. Metro-North trains on the Harlem and New Haven lines are suspended. Stay up to date on service disruptions here.

On Thursday, the MTA announced the activation of its “24-hour situation room” to monitor conditions and check flood-prone locations. NYC Transit deployed emergency trucks, pumps, and pump trains, but several stations are experiencing flooding.

During a press briefing on Friday, Mayor Eric Adams also issued a state of emergency for New York City and urged New Yorkers to take shelter if possible.

“If you are at work or school, shelter in place for now,” Adams said. “Some of our subways are flooded and it is extremely difficult to move around the city.” The mayor also said the city could see 8 inches of rain by the end of the day.

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