Hurricane Sandy shuts down New York City’s subway system as tunnels become flooded

*Manhattan residents effectively marooned on the island as bridges are closed and roads blocked

Louise Boyle
Mail Online

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.’

(…)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.

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