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Offline Packard

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Hurricane Ida
« on: September 02, 2021, 02:48 PM »
The remnants of Hurricane Ida made it to New York last night.  I live north of NY City.  I travel to Yonkers.  It took 2 hours to make the trip.  I was within 5 miles of the office for over an hour.  Each time I got closer, a road was closed and flooded.  I was running out of options when I found a way through the town of Ardsley to a 12" deep "lake" which I was able to cross to my office.

I went out for lunch and it seems that the Saw Mill River Parkway is under a couple of feet of water near our office. The water level does not seem to be going down. 

We got 8" of rain near my house.  That is more than the average rainfall for the entire month of September.

The power company sent me an email letting me know that my power was out (it was not).  Then an email letting me know it would be restored by 1:00 p.m.  And then at 12:37 an email telling me that the power was restored.  Hmm.

My roof is still watertight.  And I live atop the tallest hill in the town.  Before my basement would flood, almost all the houses in the county would have to be fully submerged.  So no wet basement either.  I got off pretty light. 

How did you all make out?

Offline WillAdams

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Re: Hurricane Ida
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2021, 03:11 PM »
Had to rearrange the tubing for the rain barrel to put it into overflow mode, and checked the gutters beforehand, but no issues, save that a call to a plumber/contractor for a different water in the basement issue (pretty sure the water pipe coming in to the house from the street has developed a new leak) got the response that he was busy w/ sump pumps the day before, and that day, and for the balance of the week --- hopefully he'll be able to look at our issue some time next week.

Offline bcrawley

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Re: Hurricane Ida
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2021, 03:54 PM »
I live in upper Westchester. Had an afternoon power outage from a downed line. Hours after that was fixed I took an ill-advised trip to a convenient store on some roads later closed for flooding. I haven't ventured out today. Yorktown declared a State of Emergency last night, as so many of their roads were impassable-- that's a bit north of here. Most of the closed roads nearby are open again now, but not all.

Offline Packard

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Re: Hurricane Ida
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2021, 04:38 PM »
The Saw Mill River Parkway in Yonkers is submerged under about 12" of water as of 2:00 pm when I went out to lunch.  It is closed from Tuckahoe Road to Ardsley.  About 5 or 8 miles. 

I  don't know if I can access the Saw Mill north of Ardsley or perhaps get on the Sprain.  Not much damage, but a mess.

Offline bcrawley

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Re: Hurricane Ida
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2021, 04:59 PM »
That's pretty remarkable. I used to drive often between the city and White Plains. There's a stretch above the Henry Hudson Bridge-- still called the Henry Hudson Parkway, it turns into the Saw Mill somewhere around Van Cortlandt Park-- the underpasses would often flood in a heavy rain. Often enough I developed some bypass routes, exit before the underpass, get back on after, that kind of thing. But I haven't experienced that further north before. Used to be, once I was on the Saw Mill proper, I knew I'd make it home. I hope you get home safe today.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Hurricane Ida
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2021, 05:32 PM »
There used to be a railroad underpass on 9A (in Buchanan or is it Verplank) that would flood terribly. I was working at IPEC during Hurricane Floyd and almost didn't make it through there. We were leaving the plant and heading for the Bear Mountain Bridge via Peekskill and the Goat Trail (Rt 202) but got detoured onto 9A. If I had had any other vehicle than the Hummer we would have been stuck. But I was able to go through the 30+ inches of water and come out the north side to everyones amazement that was watching in their stuck cars and those high and dry along the roadside.

Finally made it to the Goat Trail and it was like driving under a waterfall. So much water cascading down the side of the mountain and dumping on the road. The road has that stone retaining wall on the cliff side and the water was trapped between it and the shear inboard side of the road. This resulted in all the water flowing down the road about 8 inches deep. Took about an hour to get from IPEC to the Bridge, a trip that would normally be about 20 minutes tops.

Haven't been back to that area since.
« Last Edit: September 02, 2021, 08:52 PM by Bob D. »
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Offline PeterJJames13

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Re: Hurricane Ida
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2021, 06:23 PM »
Wow great to see some fellow Westchester County residents here (admittedly, I live in Putnam but do work in New Castle). I'm lucky enough where I take the Taconic home to either Route 6 or 132 and get to stay away from all the parkways named after rivers (Hutch, Saw Mill, Bronx River, etc) lol. It definitely seems southern Westchester got it worse than the north. I also received the alert that Yorktown had a state of emergency. Luckily, I was home by 8 or so last night with no issues. And like @Packard I live on top of a (self proclaimed) mini mountain. Sure sucks in the winter, but I don't have to worry about any flooding at all that's for sure! Hey @Bob D. - that goat trail sure is fun, ain't it???

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Hurricane Ida
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2021, 09:07 PM »
Goat Trail with ice at night is the best. :-)

I have no idea what you went through the past 48 hours. My recounting of my experience was from 20+ years ago. When the flooding on the roads was mentioned it made me think of that underpass and Floyd.

I hope everyone there is safe. We had a few tornados touch down in South Jersey, but fortunately no serious damage in my area which is mostly corn and tomato fields anyway. :-) I only recorded one inch of rain on my rain gauge and a 36.5 MPH gust on the WX station yesterday evening.

This is my WX station: https://tempestwx.com/station/23316/graph/76920/wind/2

I think we got at least 5 tornado warnings on my phone and the TV yesterday evening. That's the most I can ever remember. We were watching closely and ready to head for the basement.

Not far away in Mullica Hill there were a few homes ripped apart. Some of you may have seen them on the News. I saw helicopters flying over this morning I suspect surveying the area for damage.
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