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Construction Resumes At Ground Zero After Flooding From Sandy

Gov. Cuomo at Ground Zero. (credit: Flickr.com)

Gov. Cuomo at Ground Zero. (credit: Flickr.com)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Construction has resumed at the World Trade Center site a week after it was left flooded by Superstorm Sandy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

As of Monday, 95 percent of the storm surge water at the 16-acre Ground Zero site had been pumped out, and 750 construction workers were back on the job. Monday was also the first day since the storm that major cranes were used at the new One World Trade Center building and at the PATH transit hub.

A massive pumping operation was also completed Monday at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero, according to Cuomo’s office. The museum was flooded last Monday night with 16 million gallons of water that measured 7 feet.

As soon as it was safe to do so, crews from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began pumping water from the museum 24 hours a day. They were set Monday to finish the job by removing small amounts of water still in the museum and cleaning up debris, according to Cuomo’s office.

Cuomo announced Saturday that crews had finished pumping out One World Trade Center, the PATH track bed, and the vehicle security center where the storm surge breached the site.

The dewatering process at the PATH transit hub was expected to be completed within 24 to 48 hours, Cuomo’s office said.

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