Some records are broken. Others are smashed beyond belief. The rain that hit the
Major highways resembled flooded junkyards as motorists abandoned their cars amid fast-rising water. Rain came down in blinding sheets, filling basements and overwhelming sewage systems. Strangers helped others caught in vehicles and unable to open their doors against the water's weight.
"It was unprecedented and unpredicted. The size, the event, the scale," the
At least one death was blamed on the monsoon-like weather: a motorist killed in a crash on the
Victims in Michigan included a 100-year-old suburban Detroit woman found in her flooded basement on Tuesday, and a 30-year-old woman who suffered seizures after becoming trapped in her vehicle by rising water.
At a news conference, Bellone said
According to the
New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware and Virginia also received heavy rainfall, but none were hit as hard as New York's
Kassandra Ade said she was trapped in her car until two "good Samaritans stopped and came and helped me climb out" through a window. "If it wasn't for them, I don't know," she told WABC-TV.
Melanie Councell also got trapped in her car by rising water, which she said reached her steering wheel. "I panicked, but I think the adrenalin helped me get the door open," Councell told WABC.