Over here in Pennsylvania, we got it pretty easy. New Jersey and New York got hammered. Here’s some video of the Jersey Shore:
Storm surge is a bitch, and Sandy hit the Jersey Shore a lot harder than Irene did. Meanwhile, a friend who lives in Brooklyn Heights and works in Manhattan sent this:
He’s not sure when he’ll be able to get to work. That’s all going to be seawater, so I’d imagine they not only need to pump it out, but wash the whole system down with fresh water to get rid of the salt. BTW, if you ever read up on the civil engineering works for the City of New York, it’s mind boggling. The Delaware Aqueduct, for instance, leaks enough water every day to supply a small city.
The New York City water supply system leaks at a rate of up to 36 million US gallons (140,000 m3) per day. A complex five-year project with an estimated $240 million construction cost was initiated in November 2008 to correct some of this leakage in the Delaware Aqueduct. The work includes underwater diving teams of six divers who live in a 24-foot (7.3 m) pressurized tube that includes “showers, a television and a Nerf basketball hoop” in conditions designed to replicate those of their underwater work site. The divers breathe air that is 97.5% helium and 2.5% oxygen. The six divers descend 700 feet (210 m) to the work site where they work 12-hour shifts at a time. “When the divers aren’t squeaking at one another in helium-speak, three of them use a diving bell to go 70 stories down, where they do things like strip out 4,000 lb (1,800 kg) bronze pipe fittings [in twelve-hour shifts divided up into four-hour demolition sessions and eight hours of rest].”