The World Trade Center Path station has water up to the subway platform and salt water going back five miles in the tunnel to New Jersey. The station has been rebuilt after it was destroyed during the Sept. 11 attacks.
WNYC reporter Andrea Bernstein saw the flooding firsthand, and spoke with Colonel Paul Owen from the Army Corps of Engineers. He was in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and believes New York has a unique and complicated problem because of the depth and length of the subway tunnels. "The subway tunnels – a system that just had it's 108th birthday on Saturday....some of the electrical equipment in these tunnels are so old they just don't know what is the effect of salt water eroding the tunnels," says Bernstein.
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