Shocking scenes from 5 years ago of Lower Manhattan subways inundated by Superstorm Sandy’s floodwaters speak volumes about how devastating storms can be to this flood-prone area of New York City.
But fast forward 5 years to Friday, as MTA officials unveiled an assortment of impressive technological steps to prevent similar havoc below ground.
At various entrances to the Whitehall Station, there are massive, submarine-like doors to keep water out. There are also huge metal flood logs that can be stacked like bricks above the steps.
At the South Ferry Station, a massive metal door can be closed to block rising water. And at the Canal Street stop, roll-out tarps can cover subway steps, able to withstand up to 14 feet of water.