One dead as heavy storms cause chaos on the roads in Hudson Valley, leaving drivers stranded
2023/07/09

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A severe rainstorm struck parts of the Hudson Valley in New York, causing devastating floods and significant damage. The storm resulted in the tragic death of a woman in her 30s who was swept away by floodwaters as she tried to escape her home in Orange County with her dog. The area experienced flash flooding, dislodging boulders that crashed into her house. Despite rescue efforts, the woman's body remained in the water. Multiple other individuals were reported missing in Orange County.

Governor Kathy Hochul declared a State of Emergency for Orange County and Ontario County due to the life-threatening flooding. The region received about eight inches of rain by 10 p.m., leading to the closure of major roads and the Palisades Interstate Parkway. Many motorists were stranded and had to be rescued by state police and first responders. Swift-water rescue teams and other specialized vehicles were deployed to assist in high floodwaters. Power outages affected thousands of residents in several counties, and Metro-North Railroad suspended service north of Croton-Harmon on the Hudson Line due to impassable tracks.

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The storm caused extensive damage estimated at tens of millions of dollars, with fears that historic buildings near Highland Falls and West Point may have been affected. The area around Highland Falls, closest to the Hudson River, was described as an "absolute war zone" by the Orange County executive. Repair work is expected to take months, and many flooded homes may be condemned. Flash flood warnings were issued throughout the Hudson Valley and parts of New York City, urging residents to seek higher ground.

Overall, the storm unleashed destructive floods, claimed at least one life, caused widespread damage, and disrupted transportation and power supply in the affected regions. Authorities continued rescue efforts and assessed the extent of the devastation caused by the storm.

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