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The Subway And Tunnels Could Remain Closed for Up to Four- Five Days

The New York subway could remain closed for up to four days until flood waters were pumped from tunnels, authorities said on Tuesday, but there was yet no timetable for when the system would reopen.

Seven subway tunnels under the East River were flooded and many stations submerged as the city was battered by the full force of Hurricane Sandy.

Metro Transit Authority chairman Joseph Lhota said: ‘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.’

Subway emergency: Avenue U station in Brooklyn lies flooded last night

The NY subway system is used by around five million commuters a day and closing the network will have massive repercussions for the city’s economy.

Residents of Manhattan were effectively marooned on the island and those living in outlying boroughs had limited means of travel as almost all bridges were closed and many roads blocked by flood waters and fallen trees.

It will take 14 hours to four days to get out the water that has flooded the subway tunnels in New York, Metro Transit Authority spokesman Kevin Ortiz said.

The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel

The greatest problems had happened in the subway tunnels connecting Manhattan to Queens and Brooklyn under the East River.

Transport shutdowns affected every borough across New York, New Jersey, Long Island and stretching into Connecticut. 

The Long Island Rail Road was partially evacuated and suffered flooding in an East River tunnel.

The Metro-North Railroad went down from 59th Street to Croton-Harmon on the Hudson Line and also to New Haven on the New Haven Line.

Several bus depots were flooded along with the Queens Midtown Tunnel and Hugh Carey Tunnel.

MTA workers were working through the night and only beginning to assess the damage in the tunnels and on lines.

The Lincoln Tunnel is only one which remains open.

The PATH train linking New York and New Jersey remained closed from noon on Monday due to the widespread storm damage.

Streets are flooded under the Manhattan Bridge in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn. Transport shutdowns affected every borough across New York, New Jersey, Long Island and stretching into Connecticut

More than 14,000 flights had been cancelled to New York airports from across the country and internationally.

Mayor Bloomberg announced that the subway system would be shut as of 7pm on Sunday evening. Cavernous Grand Central on 42nd Street was eerily deserted as the NYPD patrolled while last passengers left.

The greatest problems had happened in the subway tunnels connecting Manhattan to Queens and Brooklyn under the East River.

Transport shutdowns affected every borough across New York, New Jersey, Long Island and stretching into Connecticut.

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