NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering using floodgates and what one published report calls “giant balloons” as precautions in case a superstorm deluges the subway system again.
Reports by the New York Daily News and DNAInfo said MTA officials said Monday that they were considering inflatable bladders or steel floodgates to protect the system from flooding, as well as more pump trains and protections for signals and power supplies.READ MORE: Lionel Virgile, Accused Of Throwing Bleach And Molotov Cocktail At NYPD, Facing Federal Charges
A model for the “balloon structures” to close off tunnels is being tested at West Virginia University, DNAInfo reported.
Custom-built covers to keep water out of subway entrances are also under consideration, DNAInfo reported.READ MORE: Man Who Died After Being Found On Sunrise Highway May Have Been Hit-And-Run Victim, LI Police Say
At a meeting of the MTA Transit Committee, New York Transit President Thomas Prendergast said another storm similar to Sandy is inevitable, and the system must be better prepared, the publication reported.Police: Woman Wanted For Punching MTA Bus Driver In Manhattan
Seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded as an unprecedented 13-foot storm surge cascaded water into lower Manhattan.