Monday, October 29, 2012
Below 39th St. Manhattan's Dark -- That Means Us Too
Record surge, tunnels flooded. Just as ConEd was shutting down three small substations for downtown Manhattan the main station at 14th street went dark. They believe flooding was the cause.
The NYU hospital's back-up power system failed and the patients have to be transferred. This is an enormous facility -- a small city all itself.
Mayor Bloomberg isn't in a suit any more. In blue workshirt and jeans, his voice is cracking -- he's exhausted. Yet he insists the power will back down there in a few hours. Because the high tide has arrived and gone, and the record storm surge is receding, and so is the heavy rain. But the wind is still going on and the storm will go on for at least two more days.
Not to mention what it will take to get the region's many airports from JFK to Maine up and operating again.