Heavy Rain Spoils Nyack Graduation, Causes Traffic

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    It was a rough day for folks in Rockland County. Heavy rain not only caused flooding in some areas, but led to street closures and the cancellation of Nyack High School's graduation ceremony.

     "I've been waiting 18 years for this. I just want it to be coming and going," Valerie Bullock of Nyack.

    With congratulatory balloons outside her Nyack home, Valerie Bullock admitted she's a bit disappointed she didn't get the chance to see her graduating senior, Tre Beamon, walk across the stage Thursday evening.

    "A little upset but hopefully it will go on tomorrow. If not, they're going to have to have it inside the gym," said Bullock.

    At no surprise, Tre was at a closed graduation party with the rest of his classmates, when we dropped by the soon-to-be college student's home.
              
    But he doesn't live too far from where the ceremony was to get underway.

    Meanwhile, road signs like the one behind the Palisades mall could be spotted throughout the county.

    Parts of Route 59 were moving slowly on Thursday.

    Parking lots looked more like man-made ponds.

    The shopping center at Rockland Plaza in Nanuet was a gold mine to tow trucking companies.

    More than a dozen vehicles had to be pulled away due to heavy flooding.

    A BMW was nearly filled with water at one point.

    "It was eating all the cars because at first you thought it was just a drain backed up but it just started taking more and more cars under," said Gerry Morris of New Jersey.

    "I don't even know how to describe it. Wet. I've changed three times," said tow truck driver Eric Dunphy.

    Back here in Nyack...officials were keeping a close eye on the hospital's generators.

    The county exec declared a "state of emergency" order earlier in the day but he later lifted it.

    Over in Suffern, N.Y., streets were flooded along Spook Rock Road.
     
    Kids were out surfing in some areas...something officials do not recommend.
     
    Even motorists in the North Riverdale section of the Bronx had to ease their way along 254th street.

     "It's been difficult but the town is really pulling it together to see it through," said Town of Clarkstown Councilman George Hoehmann.