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Dramatic Pictures Reveal the Task in Clearing out Flooded Subway Tunnels

Amid a severe gas shortage that has left many  New Yorkers stranded in their cold, dark homes, the Metropolitan Transportation  Authority continued draining the waterlogged tunnels in hopes of having much of  the service restored by the end of the weekend.

The transit agency has released photos on  Saturday showing workers draining two of the seven tunnels beneath the East  River that have been flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The Cranberry Street Tunnel carries the A and  C trains between Brooklyn and Manhattan, and the 53rd Street Tunnel carries the  E and M trains between Queens and Manhattan.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday  that 80 per cent of service in the MTA subway system already has been restored,  including critical under-river connections between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn,  the Wall  Street Journal  reported.

Trains on the 4 and 5 lines were running  through pumped-out tunnels under the East River into Brooklyn, and the No 7 line  is running from Midtown into Queens, Cuomo said in a press briefing.

The 6 train, which runs from the Brooklyn  Bridge up Lexington Avenue in Manhattan and into the Bronx, is also back on  line.

Hard at work: These images were released by the MTA today as many of the subway lines are preparing to re-open for the first time since Sandy

How deep? An MTA worker measures the depth of water using a ruler while keeping balance in the Cranberry St tunnel

Hard work: MTA employees load water hoses onto a Pump Train in the 53rd Street Tunnel, which carries the E and M trains between Queens and Manhattan

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota  said that  five off the seven flooded tunnels under the East River have been drained, but  much work still remains to be done.

The 14th Street tube, which carries the L  train into Williamsburg, is still inundated ‘from wall to wall and floor to  ceiling.’

The superstrom that has left 109 dead and  plunged 60 million people into darkness on Monday, sent torrents of water into  the New York City’s massive subway system that serves 5.5 million riders daily,  paralyzing mass transit for days.

Trains stopped running at 7pm last Sunday as  the MTA preemptively closed down service for only the second time in its history  in an effort to secure the system, but that did little to prevent massive  damage.

All seven tunnels carrying trains between  Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens were initially submerged, marking the worst’s  disaster in the subway’s 108-year history.

The long, labor-intensive process of ridding  the underground arteries off water requires hundreds of pumps, including ones  powerful enough to empty an Olympic-sized pool in less than 15 minutes, as well  as help from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers’ special SWAT Team.

The Army’s water-removal team consisting of  more than a dozen experts has been using 12 eight-inch pumps and 13 six-inch  pumps shipped from New Orleans.

We’re pumped! Workers pumping water out of a flooded A Line subway tunnel near Dykman Street in New York City

Not done yet: Work continues around the South Ferry Subway as vast amounts of water is pumped out of the Station in Battery Park on Friday

Once bigger pumps arrive, the MTA chairman  said it won’t take much time to drain the tunnels. Until then, the job is  slow-going.

Each subway tunnel would require four pumps  that could remove 1,000-1,500 gallons per minute, a 2011 New York

City report estimated. At that rate, about  7.2 million gallons per day, per tunnel could be drained, although it remains  unknown exactly how long it would take to drain all of the water.

Source: The Daily Mail

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2 Responses to Dramatic Pictures Reveal the Task in Clearing out Flooded Subway Tunnels

  1. Moshe Ber

    November 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Stop with the picture, stop with the excuses, stop with the press conference and bring NYC back to normal

  2. Na Na Nac Nach

    November 3, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I was in The Dominican Republic many times and they have major hurricanes every 3 months, we should take a page out of their books how to deal with it.

    America has truly become a 3rd world country, they SUCK!