Storm Sandy floods seven New York subway tunnels
NEW YORK (AFP) - Surging seawater forced ashore by superstorm Sandy flooded seven New York subway tunnels and six bus garages in the worst disaster in the history of city transport, the network's chief said on Tuesday.
"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," said Joseph Lhota, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
"Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our entire transportation system, in every borough and county of the region. It has brought down trees, ripped out power and inundated tunnels, rail yards and bus depots," he said.
The MTA released the statement after Monday's disaster, in which high tides driven onwards by hurricane-force winds flooded a vast swathe of the US East Coast, including lower Manhattan, the heart of New York.