On August 8, a brief but fierce downpour shut down the subway system, leaving thousands of commuters stranded. Click here to watch a video explaining how New York's City infrastructure and development contributed to the flood.


The August 8 storm stood out as an anomaly.But it was not the first time the system was shut down by rain, and it is unlikely to be the last. Click here to watch a video about how the city could be impacted by a hurricane or nor'easter.

  While subway flooding is unusual, storms frequently overwhelm New York City's sewer system, causing wastewater treatment plants to leak untreated sewage into the city's waterways. Click here to listen to a podcast about how heavy storms impact the New York harbor.  

The Storm