Posted in NYC | music on November 6, 2012

Pumping out the L Train tunnels, 11/5/2012 (via MTA's Flickr)
Flooded L Train

While Irene had brought the water within a foot or two of flooding the subway entrances and ventilation gratings, Sandy's fourteen-foot surges brought the water gushing in. Half of the subway system's fourteen under-river tubes flooded. A few filled up end to end, much like the MTA's Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. They couldn't even send workers out to assess them until after the second surge at the next high tide Tuesday morning.

Pumping began soon after -- or "dewatering," as the pumping industry calls it. Other city agencies had to rely on outside contractors to pump their tunnels. But it happens that the subway system already had its own toys. Each of the system's under-river tunnels has a sump to deal with everyday seepage, and each also has a tube fixed to the side called a discharge line. Starting Tuesday, the system sent in its "pump trains" -- diesel powered trains with five or six cars, run by just five or six workers. Underneath the trains are pumps, moving hundreds of gallons of water back into the river every minute. "You take the pump train and you bury the first car up to the floor level so it's underwater," Prendergast says, "and you hook it up to the discharge line and you start pumping the tunnel dry." -[NY Mag]

While service to most MTA subway lines, miraculously, has been restored following Hurricane Sandy, there is still no L train service to or in Manhattan which involves a whole lot of commuters (like NY1's Pat Kiernan and at a couple BV staff members). If you're wondering why it hasn't been restored yet, pictures from the MTA's very active Flickr account tell the story: they're still pumping flood waters out of the East River tunnel. Says the MTA:
MTA employees using a pump train are working around the clock to pump seawater out of the L train's tunnel under the East River. The tunnel was flooded during the unprecedented 13-foot storm surge of Hurricane Sandy. This photo shows activity on the afternoon of Monday, November 5.
After the tunnel is pumped dry of water, work will begin to inspect tracks, signals, switches, electrical components, and third rail. If any repairs are needed, employees will make them as quickly as possible to get service restored.

Meanwhile, there is still no G service at all. The tunnels are dry, however, and signal fixes are on their way, says the MTA. In the interim, the MTA is running more B62 buses (which have been crazy packed). More pictures of the work on the L train East River tunnel are below.

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Flooded L Train

Flooded L Train

Flooded L Train

Flooded L Train

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Comments (31)

I hate this band, BV only caters to Fat rock

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 3:47 PM

I saw them play a loft party before anyone knew them

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 3:51 PM

Cool venue... so underground

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 3:58 PM

One more proof that god hates hipsters.

Posted by ME | November 6, 2012 4:02 PM

some find buckeye shrimper, get him a straw, and send him down there.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 4:02 PM

G train down - Nobody cares about the G train. Shaaaaaa
L train down - Nooooooo!!! Whaddawe gonna duuuuu!?!?!?

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 4:07 PM

I'll "pump some tunnels" for the right price. (zing!)

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 4:28 PM

my porn name is "pump train"

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 4:28 PM

Does anyone have a setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 4:30 PM

diy pumping

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 4:42 PM

blah blah blah iPod joke

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 4:48 PM

iPods had real diversity from TRACK TO TRACK amirite guis

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 5:01 PM

if there was hummus on the tracks, mta workers would've fixed the L train by now.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 5:06 PM

some ghostbuster type shit

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 5:25 PM

I think we can make funnier comments than these, right guys?

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 5:28 PM

^ I disagree, I think 5:06 mad a decent comedic reference to hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 5:35 PM

5:35, I disagree. 5:06's joke implies that the MTA workers are the hummus lovers, not the "hipsters". The joke should have been about trust fund kids eating the hummus off the tracks so the trains can go.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 5:37 PM

5:37 is right. With some wording tweaks, 5:37's joke is actually funnier.

Posted by edward | November 6, 2012 6:00 PM

Either way that joke is grasping at straws. Why would hummus be the tracks of the L train? Seems like a horrible waste of phyto-nutrients to me.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 6:18 PM

its like that movie volcano but the opposite

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 6:52 PM

Are these comments from 15 year olds on Ritilan?

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 7:26 PM

^ don't be so quick to rush to judgement. Hummus is enjoyed by all ages and spans multiple cultural demographics as well.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 7:54 PM

oh gosh *speechless*

Posted by Biaya Daftar Haji Plus 2013 | November 6, 2012 8:30 PM

how much do BV staff members get paid?

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 9:18 PM

^paid? Ha. College credits son. Thanks Dave :(

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2012 10:02 PM

You people suck, those workers are probably working insane amounts of probably unpaid overtime in super shitty conditions.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2012 12:04 AM

Hate to admit it, but I'm laughing at 5:01 AND 5:06.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2012 4:39 AM

The hummus joke will never get old. awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2012 10:25 AM

The hummus joke will never get old. awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2012 10:25 AM

FYI: the L is open to anyone who is down to wade through the murky depths of hell to get to the other side. ps. it's free, too

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2012 10:24 PM

looks like a lot of work.

Posted by catering winnipeg | July 7, 2013 3:18 PM

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