August 14, 2007

DrainageNews - New York Governor Demands Answers From MTA Over NYC Mass Transit … - FOX News

While much of the mess had been mopped up by early Thursday, Wednesday's deadly deluge — the product of a storm that also spawned a rare tornado — left many commuters angry. The National Weather Service said a tropical air mass dumped an extraordinary amount of rain in a short period of time. Public officials called for improvements in the drainage system after a similar rain-related shutdown in 1999, and the MTA made some changes after another round of paralyzing tunnel floods in 2004, when the remnants of Hurricane Frances washed out the subways for hours. A storm with 130 mph winds and a 30-foot storm surge could cause the Hudson and East rivers to overflow — and bring with it far more significant flooding than a severe rainstorm. The city's 19th-century sewer system, which doubles as a storm drain, can handle steady rain, "but when it comes to these very intense, high inch-count rain events, over a short period of time, it is very difficult," said Michael Saucier, a spokesman for the city's Department of Environmental Protection. DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd said the city is spending $300 million per year upgrading its piping systems and has been gradually building a more robust stormwater drainage system to replace the old combined sewers that handled wastewater and rain. read me

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