Friday, July 19th 2019, 6:09 pm - The terrifying video shows the dangerous impacts of the heavy downpour
Heavy rain was more than just an inconvenience for some commuters on the New York City subway city this past Thursday.
The severe weather quickly became dangerous as the Court Square-23rd Street subway station in Queens began to experience significant flooding that caused multiple centimetres to accumulate on the platform.
The video above shows a passenger being knocked over by the rushing water that nearly dragged him towards the tracks as a train was approaching.
The passenger was able to stop himself from sliding further along the platform before the train pulled into the station and is reportedly uninjured.
The footage shows a wall being knocked out by the flooding and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has issued a statement explaining that the pooling water could have been caused by inadequate drainage from a construction site that is adjacent to the subway station, as reported by NBC News.
The statement explains that the contractor has agreed to restore proper pumping to the construction site and will also build additional protections such as a new wall and waterproofing.
This thunderstorm that brought heavy rain across New York City also caused power outages in some boroughs and flash flooding in others.
Source: NBC News