Hurricane Sandy Flooded New York’s Subway Network image

Yesterday, October 30th, officials discovered that Hurricane Sandy has flooded the subway network in New York.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said that it might take “a good four or five days,” until the subway network gets back to normal. On Sunday night the system was shut down as a precaution, which was a good move since the tunnels were found flooded, the signals and switches were damaged, and the stations were battered.

“The New York City subway system is 108 years old,” Joseph J. Lhota, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said. “It has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night.”

The most affected were seven subway tunnels located under the East River, which connect Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, and also the South Ferry station, which was filled ‘track to ceiling.’ On Tuesday afternoon the bus service partially got back to normal, and the full service is expected today, October 31st. Officials are considering rerouting the buses to complement the affected subway service.

“You don’t have to run a line from end to end,” Mr. Lhota said in an interview. “You can do intermediate terminals or stop-off points.”