Residents in Red Hook who ignored the mandatory evacuation awoke to debris-strewn streets and a continuing blackout.
The floodwaters that rose at least 12 blocks inland had receded by dawn Tuesday.
It left cars strewn like leaves on the streets. Planters were deposited in intersections. Green metal Dumpsters were tossed on their sides.
Power lines were down.
Streets were covered with about 2 inches of muck and leaves.
The doors of the Fairway grocery store were blown out. Several cars left in the parking lot were shifted by flood waters overnight and were left crammed door to door.
Faye Schwartz and her husband rode out the storm in a third-floor apartment. She said white-capped flood waters reached at least three feet around the building.