A Prediction Come True
Earlier this year I wrote a post about how New York was lagging behind the rest of the United States in regards of preparing for flooding. I read an article written by Mireya Navarro talked about how far New York was behind and what a big storm could do:
Critics say New York is moving too slowly to address the potential for flooding that could paralyze transportation, cripple the low-lying financial district and temporarily drive hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.
And sure enough, on October 25, 2012 Hurricane Sandy came barreling up the East Coast and caused Manhattan and ninety percent of Long Island to go dark. The storm also took the lives of around 130 people in the United States alone. The New York subway system, a lifeline for millions, was paralyzed and remained silent for days. The exact scenario Mireya Navarro talked about happened. She said that if a storm larger than Hurricane Irene – Hurricane Irene caused the city to evacuate and was just one foot away from shutting down the New York subway system – hit the coast, then New York wouldn’t be able to handle all that it would bring. This picture shows Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge in New York
On my post I wrote about how shocked I was that New York City was such a big city that was so close to water, and yet they didn’t have the proper protection for a storm like Hurricane Sandy. I also talked about how if a big storm hit NYC they wouldn’t know how to handle it. Mireya Navarro said that before Hurricane Irene hit NYC the city ordered an evacuation and took other steps for people’s safety:
The city shut down the subway system and ordered the evacuation of 370,000 people as Hurricane Irene barreled up the Atlantic coast. Ultimately, the hurricane weakened to a tropical storm and spared the city, but it exposed how New York is years away from — and billions of dollars short of — armoring itself.
Some of the same steps were taken this year on October 25, but the subways flooded this time because of the size of Hurricane Sandy. I found it amazing that MTA(Metropolitan Transportation Authority) Chairman Joseph Lhota talked about how awful Hurricane Sandy was to the city and their subway system:
The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night. Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our entire transportation system, in every borough and county of the region. It has brought down trees, ripped out power and inundated tunnels, rail yards and bus depots. As of last night, seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded.
Mr. Lhota’s statement surprised me because he is the Chairman of the MTA and yet he and New York were so shocked about this massive storm crippling their subway system. Sandy wasn’t just one storm, one city, this is the entire world. Although not every big storm is caused by global warming, global warming is definitely a significant contributor to these worsening storms. I wonder if Chairman Joseph Lhota had any idea of the post that was written by Mireya Navarro. And if so, why wasn’t anything done?