Friday, October 25, 2013

Could New York City Subways Survive Another Hurricane?

When Superstorm Sandy hit new York with a massive storm surge a chain of events unfolded that included a heroic effort by subway workers to protect that vital lifeline from the worst damage.

The story of how New York's subway crews improvised and used their amazing experience and imagination to stem the tide of water, block the sea from surging through the blood-vessel like maze of tunnels and underground spaces that make up the hundred year old subway complex.

It is clear that New york City cannot survive as an economic and residential center without the subways. The New York Times article on what happened during Sandy's assault against the Big apple is an interesting case study for anyone who needs to create coastal scenarios for future human preparation for climate change and rising sea levels.

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