Heart-stopping moment water floods the Lincoln Tunnel that sits underneath New York City’s Hudson River as motorists are stuck in rush hour traffic
- The Lincoln Tunnel connecting New York City and New Jersey flooded on Tuesday
- Authorities said it was caused by a ruptured water main in a facility room of the Center Tube, but has since been fixed
- The Lincoln Tunnel was completed in December 1937 and, at its lowest point, sits 97 feet under the Hudson River
- Footage of the flood went viral on Twitter and was compared to the 1996 Sylvester Stallone movie, Daylight
- Several commuters revealed the Lincoln Tunnel flooding is a major fear
Water flooded into the Lincoln Tunnel as worried drivers from New York City and New Jersey sat in heavy traffic during the evening rush hour.
Footage of the frightening situation was taken Tuesday when water began leaking from the right wall and gushing into the roadway.
‘Well, that’s concerning. I’m inside the Lincoln Tunnel, which is underwater,’ says driver Anthony Consiglio via Storyful.
‘I’m pretty sure there’s a movie about this and everybody dies,’ he added, referring to the 1996 Sylvester Stallone movie, Daylight.
Earlier this week, the Lincoln connecting New York City to New Jersey began flooding as cars sat bumper-to-bumper in traffic
The Lincoln Tunnel, which sits 97 feet under the Hudson River at its lowest point, first opened in December 1937 to connect midtown Manhattan to New Jersey.
It stretches 1.5 miles underwater and is comprised of three vehicular tubes that see traffic from across the metropolitan area.
The video has been shared to social media, where it has amassed more than 2 million views online.
Port Authority officials closed the Lincoln Tunnel’s left lane for 30 minutes on Tuesday ‘due to emergency maintenance’ and later said drivers were experiencing delays.
On Twitter, the Port Authority revealed that a water main rupture happened in a facility room in the Center Tube.
Cameraman Anthony Consiglio called the sight ‘concerning’ and said he’s ‘pretty sure there’s a movie about this and everybody dies’
An official Twitter account from the Lincoln Tunnel revealed that a ruptured water main caused the flooding and has since been fixed
‘It was fixed and the water was pumped out as designed,’ officials said,
An official Twitter account for the Lincoln Tunnel confirmed the water rupture on Thursday.
But residents who saw the leaking tunnel were shocked and scared.
‘Who has “Lincoln Tunnel leak” on their 2020 Bingo card?’ one person wrote on Twitter.
Another had the same thought, writing: ‘Next one up is B: The Lincoln Tunnel Floods- I repeat, who has B: The Lincoln Tunnel Floods on their 2020 Bingo card…’
New York City and New Jersey residents responded to the video on Twitter by saying the tunnel link is one of their biggest fears
Vanderpool: ‘Next one up is B: The Lincoln Tunnel Floods- I repeat, who has B: The Lincoln Tunnel Floods on their 2020 Bingo card…’
Some Twitter users compared the Lincoln Tunnel flood to a scene in the 1996 Sylvester Stallone movie, Daylight
‘Speaking of nightmares, who hasn’t been in the Lincoln Tunnel and feared this happening?’ one person wrote. ‘Oh 2020, thy cup of mayhem overfloweth,’ one person wrote
One woman admitted that the Lincoln Tunnel flooding was an ‘irrational fear before it sprang a leak on Tuesday
A few people referenced the flood scene in Daylight, but several others admitted that the tunnel flooding is one of their biggest fears.
‘Literally one of my biggest fears thanks to Daylight,’ one user wrote, attaching a photo from the movie of Stallone and actress Amy Brenneman.
Speaking of nightmares, who hasn’t been in the Lincoln Tunnel and feared this happening?’ one person wrote. ‘Oh 2020, thy cup of mayhem overfloweth.’
One woman wrote: ‘Always told myself my fear was irrational. There goes that.’
‘Drowning in my car due to the Lincoln Tunnel breaking apart was one of my fears growing up,’ wrote on woman.
‘I always thought it was irrational but hey it is 2020.’
There are no other reports of flooding as of Thursday.