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Things I Never Expected To See In NYC – The Effects Of Sandy Are Becoming Known – The Impact Will Be A Lot Longer

Water Rescues in Manhattan!!!!

Wow…is all I can say.  The image says it all.

emergency personnel utilized inflatable boats to traverse 14th street in manhattan on monday night
Emergency personnel utilized inflatable boats to traverse 14th Street in Manhattan on Monday night.

 

Flooding in Tunnels and Subways

On a town that lives and breathes mass transit the news is not good.  The storm surge in Battery Park City on Monday exceeded 13 feet, and was much higher than expected. Floodwaters rushed into the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel and seeped into the tubes connecting Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.

CBS News showed footage of water streaming into the tunnel.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said water had also entered the No. 1 subway line between Chambers Street and South Ferry.

While the authority said it could not predict when service might be restored, officials estimated that pumping water out from flooded under-river tunnels could take anywhere from 14 hours to more than four days. It is possible that the subway system will return at partial capacity as floodwaters are pumped out of the system and imperiled equipment is inspected for potential water damage.

This Tweet from PATH says it all about the impact on their system. screen shot 2012 10 29 at 8 41 24 pm

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/10/28/nyregion/hurricane-sandy.html#sha=a0eb0cdfc

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