As the dirty flood waters receded in the city and suburbs yesterday, homeowners and municipal officials began to clean up damages whose costs will run into many millions of dollars.
Mayor Beame flew over Staten Island, the city’s worst hit area and appealed to Governor Carey to declare it a disaster area. 3,000 homes were flooded and 700 had to be evacuated there.
The rainfall on Tuesday set a record totaling7.4 inches. The total rainfall for the storm is now 9.19 inches. The figure was measured at La Guardia Airport, but the Central Park station – although infrequently used because its instruments are often vandalized – is considered the official measuring place.
excerpt from NYT 11/10/77