Rivers Overflow Into NYC Streets

    Rising water laps over the sea wall at Battery Park, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, in New York. Hurricane Irene bore down on a dark and quiet New York early Sunday, bringing winds and rapidly rising seawater that threatened parts of the city. The rumble of the subway system was silenced for the first time in years, the city all but shut down for the strongest tropical lashing since the 1980s. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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    The Hudson River is overflowing its banks in lower Manhattan, flooding a block inland into the meatpacking district. As much as a foot of water has been reported on the Battery Park City boardwalk, and authorities have closed the north section of the Holland Tunnel, which connects New York and New Jersey, due to flooding. The East River is also topping the edge of its barrier wall. Massive surf and high winds are reported in Long Beach, where there's also heavy flooding.

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