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City Prepares for More Rain

By Ben Fractenberg | August 15, 2011 3:01pm

MANHATTAN — Sanitation crews were on the streets cleaning out clogged drains and pumping out water from flooded streets in preparation for more heavy rain expected on Monday and Tuesday.

City sewer systems had trouble dealing with the weekend's record rainfall, Mayor Bloomberg said during a Monday press conference, NY1 reported.

Nearly 6 inches fell in Central Park on Sunday, the highest ever recorded in the city in one day. The storm caused power outages and transportation disruptions.

Basements and streets in low-lying areas were flooded as rain overtaxed sewer systems throughout the city. The system has trouble dealing with excessive amounts of runoff, the mayor said. Manhattan escaped mainly unscathed, but outer boroughs were flooded under the deluge.

A flood warning is in effect for the city with an additional 1 to 1.5 inches of rain Monday, according to AccuWeather. Scattered thunderstorms are forecast for Tuesday, with things finally clearing up by Wednesday.