Tuesday night's severe thunderstorms (and baby tsunamis!) kicked off a soggy week in NYC that shows no signs of abating through the weekend—it may rain every day through Tuesday ha ha. And while it's easy enough to grab an umbrella and cover your entire face with it, it's not so easy to avoid all the giant, lake-like puddles that form around the city. The only thing worse than being forced to dramatically leap over a puddle on the sidewalk is being forced to dramatically swerve to avoid a puddle in a subway station.
And in case you haven't notice yet, it's kind of a thing now:
The MTA at the forefront of innovation. pic.twitter.com/Rzp9kx6xTM
— Tony Akio Cohen (@CelluloidSimple) May 17, 2018
If you took the F/G in Brooklyn this morning, you probably had to ford a river or two:
Kensington/Windsor Terrace constituents had to wade through a pond this morning at the Fort Hamilton #FTrain station this morning just to get to work. @MTA @NYCTSubway can we build them a bridge (or maybe fix the flooding)? pic.twitter.com/ZEPT73GvDh
— Brad Lander (@bradlander) May 17, 2018
Flooding and ad hoc stepping stones at the Ft Hamilton Pkway station on the F/G. This is the busy southern entrance. I had to help the woman with the bird bag cross it. @mta @NYCTSubway @bradlander pic.twitter.com/RaKK8hNBQE
— Matthew (@mattroebrooklyn) May 17, 2018
— Fawlty (@BasilNSybil) May 17, 2018
Dear @MTA and @NYCTSubway any chance on fixing the drains at the south entrance to the ft Hamilton subway stop on the F & G line? It floods all the time. Seems like an easy fix. pic.twitter.com/GpS1X3vzg4
— Prisoner of Alaskaban (@alaska_ATOMS) May 17, 2018
For those of you not already outfitted in head-to-toe rain gear, some enterprising New Yorkers have come up with a temporary solution to the puddle problem. One person's metaphor for the collapsing journalism industry is another's makeshift dam. This is the future water-averse liberals want:
— Eric Koch (@EricDKoch) May 16, 2018
— Robin (@RobinRLevine) May 15, 2018
Of course, even these stopgaps couldn't help anyone caught inside a subway waterfall, which tend to pop up anytime there's major rain. MTA spokesman Jon Weinstein explained to us that even on a dry day, the NYCT pumps out 13 million gallons of water, so you can only imagine what it's like on a messy wet day.
"Thirteen million gallons is pumped out on a dry day because Manhattan used to be lakes and rivers and the subway is the lowest point—water drains to the lowest point," he said. "The reason we use 'pumps' is because we have to get the water back into the sewer system. As for the 'holes,' like street vents and grates, we keep them there so we can ventilate the system. And the other 'holes' like staircases allow people to get into and out of the system —so can’t plug those."
If you want to let the MTA know about particular flooding, you can report it to them directly by calling 511 or filing a report online. Whatever you do, don't start umbrellaspreading.
felonious umbrellaspreading pic.twitter.com/1LpU09ZYiK
— Jason Gay (@jasongay) May 17, 2018