The remnants of Hurricane Ida packed a shocking punch on Wednesday night, dropping more than 3 inches of rain on Central Park in less than one hour, a new record that eclipsed the prior record that was established just last month.
The hurricane and subsequent flooding killed several people in the region, and it unleashed other kinds of damage on the city. The Parks Department said it had crews checking on damage citywide and asked for patience as they survey and repair the damage. Flooding, sinkholes and destroyed trees are all over the place.
It wasn’t just in the parks. Branches came down on 89th Street too, as seen in this photo by Elizabeth.
And flooding impacted the West Side Highway, like in these photos of the exit ramp at 96th Street by @jdpink.
In Central Park, several trees came down. Stephen Harmon took the two photos below.
Jason Haber also surveyed the destruction.
Last night, Dinosaur Playground in Riverside Park near 97th became Dinosaur Lake as seen in these photos by Ben Jacoff.
Laura sent a photo of the sinkhole that opened up in the playground.
The Riverside Park Conservancy said several playgrounds were closed on Thursday, and part of the greenway was blocked.
IDA UPDATE: Hippo Playground (91st Street), Dinosaur Playground (97th Street) & Riverbank Playground (145th Street) are closed
Greenway is blocked @ 148th & 181st
Many trees & limbs fell – NYC Forestry Team is starting to address now. Please use caution if you visit the park! pic.twitter.com/3btepJ2b9s
— Riverside Park Conservancy (@RiversideParkNY) September 2, 2021