A slow-moving storm system brought heavy rain across a wide section of New York State Sunday evening, flooding streets and prompting rescues for drivers whose vehicles were stuck on flooded roads, authorities said.
Two areas appeared to be hardest hit, according to the National Weather Service: Rensselaer County and nearby towns, and further south in the Hudson Valley, including Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties.
County officials, police departments and other agencies fielded dozens of emergency calls prompted by the flooding.
In Saratoga County, near the city of Waterford, Routes 4 and 32 were flooded with up to two feet of water, said Andrei Evbuoma, a meteorologist with the Weather Service in Albany.
Parts of nearby roads in the area were impassable, he added, complicating rescue efforts.
Alan C. Mack, Orange County’s deputy emergency management commissioner, said Sunday evening that officials were still trying to get a full assessment of the potential damage and danger.
“We’ve gotten to the point where we know there are people in trouble, and we can’t get to them because the roads are all blocked,” Mr. Mack said, adding that he did not know how many people were blocked.
A New York-bound Amtrak train was stopped as it approached Poughkeepsie Sunday evening, with an Amtrak employee saying over a loudspeaker that there had been a “complete washout of both tracks” south of Poughkeepsie, preventing any travel by train.
The train was put into reverse so it could travel back to Rhinecliff, NY, where Amtrak officials determined what to do with passengers on board.
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs contributed reporting.