Southern State Parkway flooding aftermath

Severe flooding on the Southern State Parkway just west of Deer Park Avenue, near Exit 39, on Wednesday morning, Aug. 13, 2014, forced dozens of drivers to abandon their vehicles until it was safe for them to return and assess the damage. The headache for drivers began after overnight storms that continued into Wednesday dumped more than a foot of rain on Long Island. (Credit: Newsday / Chuck Fadely)