New Measures Will Turn Parts Of The Station Into A 'Fortress'

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — When Hurricane Sandy struck, water rushed underground and damaged tracks, bringing Hoboken PATH service to a halt for months.

Seven months later the elevator at the Hoboken PATH station remains out of service, but local agencies have been hard at work making sure that type of damage doesn’t happen during the next major storm.

Preparations for the next storm include HESCO barriers, that can hold up to a ton of sand each. The HESCOs should be able to do what regular sand bags couldn’t.

“They would prevent water from going into the tracks and tunnels,” Stephen Kingsberry, Director of PATH, told CBS 2’s Alice Gainer during Hurricane Preparedness Week.

Further improvements include metal barriers designed to repel water in the event of a breach.

“These are metal roofs and the water. If water did breach it would be accumulated down the side and it’s actually pumped out,” Kingsberry explained.

Stop logs will also be added in the elevator and will act as flood barriers when the next storm comes, turning the PATH station into a fortress.

“The new measures will go all the way on top of that, and that will prevent any water from coming on top of that if something breached this,” Kingsberry said.

More changes are planned for the years to come. Right now, officials told CBS 2 the goal is reduce the damage caused by future storms.

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