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Report: National Weather Service Says NJ Transit Didn't Ask About Flooding
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 02:22 PM
The National Weather Service says New Jersey Transit didn't call.
The Star-Ledger is reporting the agency never consulted the National Weather Service, which predicted storm surges of up to 11 feet.
But NJ Transit isn't backpedaling from its costly decision to store rail cars in yards that later flooded during storm Sandy.
NJ Transit director James Weinstein told a State Legislative panel Monday the agency relied on weather reports and past storm experience to determine where to store hundreds of rail cars and locomotives.
The transit agency's Kearny facility, which sustained almost $100 million in damage, is only ten feet above sea level.
Weinstein told lawmakers the agency's decision-making process was sound.
New Jersey Transit says it's standing by his testimony.
To see what areas flooded during Sandy, check out the map below.