Gov. Andrew Cuomo estimated it would be a long and expensive recovery in New York City and Long Island as water flooded downtown Manhattan and bus and subway lines.
Cuomo toured Ground Zero yesterday, saying, “The flooding in downtown Manhattan was really extraordinary and unlike anything I had seen.”
Cuomo said the state’s recovery will be impeded because power crews will be responding to other states hard hit by power outages.
“In some ways, the startling revelation has yet to come” when the water recedes, Cuomo said.
The Democratic governor said he spoke twice to President Obama to seek federal aid and assistance, and Cuomo suggested that the pattern of severe weather is staggering. He stopped short of saying it’s global warming.
“We have a 100-year flood every two years now,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo said there was probably six feet of water on the West Side Highway.
“We don’t have the final number of fatalities because I don’t believe we’ve found everyone yet,” Cuomo said.