Record Rains Cause Mudslides, Floods "Worse Than Sandy," One Resident Says

Thursday, May 1, 2014  |  Updated 10:06 PM EDT
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Mudslides were reported all over Long Island, when dirt, debris and water came crashing down, burying cars, buckling roads and sending people running from their homes. Greg Cergol reports.

Mudslides were reported all over Long Island, when dirt, debris and water came crashing down, burying cars, buckling roads and sending people running from their homes. Greg Cergol reports.

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Heavy rains broke records after soaking the tri-state for hours Wednesday into Thursday, causing widespread flooding, travel problems and mudslides in parts of the area.

More than 5 inches of rain fell in Central Park, while Brooklyn and Queens got nearly 6, New Jersey's Union County saw more than 6, and Westchester and Connecticut each had more than 4.

In the Lindenwood and Howard Beach areas of Queens, crews worked to pump flooded streets Thursday as residents waded through the muck. The city said a combination of the high tide and new moon pushed floodwaters higher.

"It's much, much worse than Sandy," said Juan Pina, of Lindenwood.

Metro-North trains on the Hudson line were delayed because of a mudslide caused by the rain in Yonkers. Yonkers Assistant Fire Chief David Dronzeck said a 50-foot section of a 30-foot-high retaining wall broke away from a sloped parking lot behind a building on Warburton Avenue, and it took down trees as it slid down a steep embankment. Debris landed on Metro-North tracks about a half-mile north of the Glenwood station.

The MTA said workers toiled all night to clear the mud. Two of the tracks remained out of service Thursday morning, and a third has a 30-mph speed restriction going past the slide. 

On Long Island, a mudslide buried cars in a parking lot near a Port Washington law firm. No one was injured.

In Newark, some drivers had to be rescued when their cars got stuck on submerged roads Wednesday night. People traveling on Route 17 in East Rutherford reported hydroplaning at times. 

Forecasters say streams and rivers remain at risk of flooding throughout the state, and many low-lying roadways were flooded. Several roads, including several major expressways have closed in sections for flooding. 

The slow-moving storm system has already been blamed for 35 deaths in six states since Sunday.

-- Checkey Beckford and Ida Siegal contributed to this report. 

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