A brief but powerful storm brought high winds and dropped more than two inches of rain on Queens in less than two hours on Wednesday, causing local flooding and knocking out electricity for more than 3,200 customers.
The most dramatic event of the afternoon occurred at the Cooper Avenue Underpass in Glendale.
According to the FDNY, Sister Claudia Bradshaw, a nun at St. Margaret’s parish in Middle Village, and friends Mary and Joseph Laurence, had become trapped in their rapidly-filling car in seven to nine feet of water that has accumulated in the underpass.
They were pulled out by FDNY EMTs Jimmy Guailacela and Marilyn Arroyo.
Alfonso Quiroz, a spokesman for Con Edison, said about 3,200 customers in and around Middle Village lost power for about 30 minutes due to the wind and rain.
“The reason we could get it back so fast is in that area all the wires are overhead,” Quiroz said. “We can see exactly where the problem is and fix it.”
Chris Miller, a spokesman for the city’s Office of Emergency Management, said they had no serious city-wide actions. They did send out electronic notifications for flash flood and severe thunderstorm activity for Queens and Brooklyn at 1:47 p.m. and 4:24 p.m.
Officials with the city’s Department of Transportation could not be reached for comment as to whether or not authorities believe ongoing construction at the Cooper Avenue Underpass played a role in the severe flooding there.
A spokesman for Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, (D-Middle Village) who has made installation of storm drains and catch basins a high priority during her tenure, has been fielding numerous calls from residents who were affected by flooding to see what assistance might be available.