Hurricane Sandy Case Study

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Hurricane Sandy and the Subway

Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic storm ever and second most costly storm in United States History (Preliminary estimates of losses due to damage and business interruption are estimated at $65.5 billion), made it painfully clear exactly how fragile a city composed mostly of low-lying islands can be. At the beginning of the storm, Mayor Bloomberg announced that New York City public schools would be closed Tuesday, October 30 and Wednesday, October 31, however they actually remained closed until November 2. The New York Stock Exchange was also closed for a consecutive two days, the first time ever in US history as well. When the storm hit the East River overflowed its banks, flooding large sections of Lower Manhattan. Battery Park had a water surge of 13.88 feet and seven subway tunnels under the East River were flooded as of October 30. But what really kept the city shutdown was the disastrous flooding of the New York City subway system. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said that the destruction caused by the storm was the worst disaster in the 108-year history of the New York City subway system. As put by Bloomberg Business week, “If you laid the New York City subway system in a line, it would stretch from New York to Detroit. Now imagine inspecting every inch of that track.”

First, to rectify the disaster, thousands of MTA officials wasted no time getting to work. And with millions dependent on New York City's subways and tunnels, repair to the transit system was watched very closely. MTA employees quickly began "unwatering" the subway tunnels. Another group who were urgent to the scene were the US army corps of engineers (USACE), they were brought in to assist in emptying out the vehicular tunnels (the Brooklyn-Battery tunnel, Holland tunnel, Queens midtown tunnel) and the New Jersey Path train tunnels. The army corps engineers are serious – they're part of a planning and response team based in Illinois and are...
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