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Monday, October 29, 2012

Sandy: Deaths, Power Outages, and Flooding in the New York City Subway

Posted by on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Along the eastern seaboard, Sandy has killed 13 people and stranded 6.5 million people without power. In New York City, a statement from MTA Chairman Joseph J.Lhota:

The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night. Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our entire transportation system, in every borough and county of the region. It has brought down trees, ripped out power and inundated tunnels, rail yards and bus depots. As of last night, seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded. Metro-North Railroad lost power from 59th Street to Croton-Harmon on the Hudson Line and to New Haven on the New Haven Line. The Long Island Rail Road evacuated its West Side Yards and suffered flooding in one East River tunnel. The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel is flooded from end to end and the Queens Midtown Tunnel also took on water and was closed. Six bus garages were disabled by high water. We are assessing the extent of the damage and beginning the process of recovery. Our employees have shown remarkable dedication over the past few days, and I thank them on behalf of every New Yorker. In 108 years, our employees have never faced a challenge like the one that confronts us now. All of us at the MTA are committed to restoring the system as quickly as we can to help bring New York back to normal.


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However bad your day is tomorrow, it can't be as bad as being stuck in the middle of that mess. (Generally speaking.)
Posted by floater on October 29, 2012 at 11:29 PM · Report this
mikethehammer 2
I just read where NYC 9-1-1 dispatch is receiving 10,000 calls per hour.
Posted by mikethehammer on October 29, 2012 at 11:37 PM · Report this
Posted by Earl Lee Swagger on October 30, 2012 at 4:05 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 4
Thank Jesus for surface transit like cars and buses.

Overpriced rail and vulnerable tunnels aren't good answer.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on October 30, 2012 at 5:51 AM · Report this
@4 I take it you haven't. seen all the pictures of submerged cars sitting on flooded streets.
Posted by Clayton on October 30, 2012 at 5:56 AM · Report this
Asparagus! 6
I live in Manhattan and my day will be fine.
Posted by Asparagus! on October 30, 2012 at 6:30 AM · Report this
Asparagus! 7
Also, more accurate @4: "maybe providing only the absolute bare minimum of funding to transit agencies isn't the answer"
Posted by Asparagus! on October 30, 2012 at 6:41 AM · Report this
Catherwood 8
Am I the only one who saw that only 13 people had died in this horror and thought, wow, that's not very many? I'm sure the casualty count will climb, but perhaps not by too much, and that's A Good Thing.
Posted by Catherwood on October 30, 2012 at 7:20 AM · Report this
wingedkat 9
@8 yeah. It could be so much worse... But it isn't over. Now we have to clean up and rebuild.

Maybe it's time to start shifting new York away from the coast? Rising sea levels etc.
Posted by wingedkat on October 30, 2012 at 7:44 AM · Report this

That's just not feasible. What you need is better sea walls, pumps, drainage, etc. When something like this was a 100 year storm, it made sense to gamble on not paying for those things. But when Sandy becomes a 10 year storm, you need to pay for mitigation in advance.
Posted by arbeck on October 30, 2012 at 8:19 AM · Report this
Asparagus! 11

I would be astonished if more people weren't killed in Breezy Point.
Posted by Asparagus! on October 30, 2012 at 8:42 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 12
@11 has a point. 80 houses burnt down.
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM · Report this

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