The MTA suffered not less than $75 million in damages from flooding tied to Hurricane Ida earlier this month, appearing Chairman Janno Lieber stated Wednesday.
“We’ve given our preliminary estimates to FEMA, and that was within the $75 to $100 million vary,” Lieber informed reporters after the authority’s month-to-month board assembly. “Often these numbers creep up as you begin to perceive the secondary impacts of no matter happened.”
The MTA pumped 75 million gallons of water out of the subway system within the aftermath of the storm, Lieber stated.
Flooding from Ida reduce energy on some practice traces and flooded commuter rail tracks and one bus depot, knocking out transit service throughout town and area.
“The storm sewer system on the road stage is inadequate to a few of these flash floods that local weather change seems to be bringing,” Lieber stated. “We have been pumping like loopy, and the sewer system, the storm sewer system, couldn’t take extra water.”
On prime of the prices of repairing and changing affected infrastructure, the MTA can be mulling what it must do to forestall damaging floods sooner or later, Lieber stated. However he famous that the harm from Ida was considerably lower than from Superstorm Sandy in 2012 as a result of Sandy introduced saltwater into the system, which is rather more damaging.
Lieber stated town and MTA are working to establish stations weak to flash floods.
“We’re going to take some actions with town, however there additionally must be these long run investments in road stage drainage,” he stated.
Gov. Kathy Hochul has vowed to “intensely” examine the MTA’s response to the storm.