Communities highlighted for flash flooding include Valley Stream as well as other parts of the South Shore.
Thunderstorms bearing down heavy rains are expected to continue throughout the day. Between 3 to 6 inches of rain are expected in Valley Steam with levels reaching an additional inch, according to the New York National Weather Service.
“I’m directing state agencies to prepare response assets and be ready to assist our partners at the local level if they need support," Hochul said in a news release who declared a state of emergency throughout the area earlier today.
"I encourage anyone expected to receive heavy rainfall over the next 48 hours to stay vigilant, keep a close eye on the forecast, and heed any emergency orders from officials if necessary.”
The NWS NY’s twitter page noted to never drive through flooded roads and to “Turn Around Don’t Drown.”
They also mentioned that 6 inches of fast-moving water can knock over and carry away an adult and 12 inches of fast-moving water can carry away a small car.
To stay safe during this extreme rain event, listen to alerts and set up a way to get weather warnings on your phone.
The Metroolitan Transit Authority is reporting system wide disrupions due to the heavy rainfall and is advising that people remain at home if it is unnecssary to travel.
For immediate assistance in an emergency situation, call 911.
Code Enforcement - 516-592-5140 / 516-369-3872
MAYOR FARE’S HELPLINE - 1-855-99MAYOR (1-855-996-2967)
Local Emergency Contact Numbers
PSEG - 1-800-490-0075
National Grid - 1-800-490-0045
Cablevision - 516-364-8400
Verizon - 1-800-837-4966
FEMA Disaster Hotline - 1-800-621-3362
Nassau Non-Emergency Hotline - 1-888-684-4274
Red Cross - 1-877-733-2767
Red Cross National Headquarters Staff Directory - 1-202-303-5214
Red Cross Public Inquiries - 1-202-303-4498
Red Cross Local Chapter - 516-747-3500
Department of Health - 516-573-0636