Subway Service to Be Restored; Power Outages, Flooding Remain
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Officials said most subway service would be restored by 6 a.m. Monday while many who evacuated from flood-prone areas returned to their homes as the tri-state area began the clean-up in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.
Hundreds of thousands remained without power Sunday evening in the aftermath of the storm that soaked the region and lashed it with high winds but packed less of a punch than originally feared.
Evacuation orders in the city were lifted Sunday afternoon, and there were no reported deaths in the city as a result of the storm, but 61 adults and three infants had to be rescued by boat in Staten Island. The storm was responsible for two deaths in New Jersey.
The MTA restored bus service on some lines in all five boroughs by Sunday evening. Most subway service was expected to be restored by 6 a.m. Monday, according to transit officials.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that city offices would be open Monday, but urged employees to exercise caution in getting to work. He added there would be no penalty for transit-related tardiness.
Here are the latest developments:
• Most subway lines will begin service restoration at 6 a.m. The C train will not be running, and the A train is running local. There will be no Franklin Avenue Shuttle. The Staten Island Railyway will also resume. It is unclear when LIRR service will be restored.
• The Long Island Rail Road will operate "near-normal" service on six branches on Monday: Babylon, Huntington, Ronkonkoma, Port Washington, Hempstead and West Hempstead Branches. Service remains suspended on the Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, Long Beach and Far Rockaway Branches and as east of Babylon and east of Ronkonkoma.
• NJ Transit rail service will remain suspended until further notice as a result of residual impacts of Hurricane Irene, except for the Atlantic City Rail Line
• All three of New York City's major airports will be open for business Monday. JFK and Newark airports will open to arriving flights at 6 a.m. Monday, and departures will resume at noon. LaGuardia will open to both arrivals and departures at 7a.m. Monday. Stewart International Airport also will resume flights Monday. Teterboro Airport has experienced some flooding issues and the Port Authority will announce re-opening plans at this airport when they are finalized.
• AirTrain JFK is expected to be back in service at 4 a.m. with AirTrain Newark scheduled to resume
• There will be no Metro North service during the Monday morning commute.
• PATH service will be fully restored at 4 a.m. Monday
• In New Jersey, residents have been told to boil water to ensure their safety
• Throughout New York City, there were 650 trees down
• Both the Harlem and East rivers rose over their banks, and Ocean Beach in the Bronx is under water
Water surged through the streets of Rockaway, lapped at the sidewalk in Battery Park and flooding caused the closure FDR and the north tube of the Holland Tunnel shortly after Irene hit the city early Sunday.
In New York state, more than 936,000 were without power, and in New Jersey, 500,000 were in the dark.
Rainfall overnight overwhelmed sewers and sent water streaming into streets overnight as seawater from New York Harbor lapped at the edge of the sidewalk in Battery Park on Sunday morning.
Ocean water was streaming into main streets of the Rockaways. In Brooklyn, Coney Island streets were also under water, and in Red Hook, also along the harbor, water was coming in about 100 yards.
Parts of New York's Long Island were also flooding Sunday morning.
There were nearly 103,000 customers in New York City on Sunday. In Long Island, 421,000 customers didn't have power, and 392,000 PSE&G customers in New Jersey were without power.
Officials from Con Edison said they may shut down power to 6,500 customers if flooding threatens their systems in Lower Manhattan. Con Edison’s Senior Vice President of Electric Operations, John Miksad, said the utility expects to decide whether a preemptive shutdown is necessary some time between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sunday.
There are no plans to shut off power before Hurricane Irene hits the city, according to Con Ed spokesman Alfonso Quiroz.
"We have to wait for the storm to arrive. we have people located in our facilities to monitor the flooding," he said. "If the flooding gets too high, then we may have to shut them down, but it's not a pre-emptive shutdown of the whole area."
In New Jersey, downed trees left more than 600,000 New Jersey households without power. NJ Governor Chris Christie said that utility executives believed it could take as long as five days to get power restored.
The buildings commissioner has ordered all work at construction sites in the city suspended from 2 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Monday.
Meanwhile, inspectors are checking construction sties throughout the city to make sure equipment is secured and materials tied down.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is securing all cranes and equipment at the World Trade Center. Sandbags are being installed in areas that could be prone to flooding.
It's been seven years since a major storm — Hurricane Jeanne, a Category 3 — slammed into the East Coast. The last hurricane to hit the U.S. was Ike in 2008.
With reporting from Brigid Bergin,Fred Mogul, Beth Fertig, Ailsa Chang, Cindy Rodriguez, Tracie Hunte and the Associated Press