We’ve shown you the insane floodwaters that filled New York’s public transit system, as well as the ongoing heroic effort to get them back up to speed. But what, exactly, does a few million gallons of salt water do to a major piece of urban infrastructure? Really bad things.
If you thought the damage to the subways involved just a mere inconvenience to millions of New Yorkers--and, rightfully, an inconvenience that is pretty low on the global scale of inconveniences--and that a city can survive for a few days while its workers pump out the tunnels, take a look at these pictures and think again.
Most of these photos are from the South Ferry station, located--as the name suggests--very close to the water. But the damage that saltwater can cause is immense. If this happens again (and it will) the solution can’t simply be a fast response--the power of nature is too great. If you need to make a case for planning for further storms and designing subways that can take an immersion in flood waters, the crumbling walls of these stations should be enough.