NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Sen. Charles Schumer has worked to secure more than $400 million in federal aid to help cover the damage sustained by two Metropolitan Transportation Authority tunnels during superstorm Sandy.

The federal grant will provide $329 million for repair work and another $74.5 million for hazard mitigation measures for the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel and the Queens Midtown Tunnel.

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Both crossings took on millions of gallons of water when the Oct. 2012 storm roared ashore.

Schumer called the grant a “massive and appropriate reimbursement by FEMA.”

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“As a result of this investment, we will be able to rebuild and modernize two of the most vital arteries – not only in New York, but in all of America – better and stronger than they were before Sandy,” the senator said in a statement. “When we drafted the Sandy legislation, it was this type of damage, and this comprehensive type of reimbursement that we had in mind – and we are glad that FEMA and the MTA have been able to forge such a strong agreement on such a complicated issue.”

The grant money will go towards raising the height of the flood walls at the plazas, elevating some mechanical equipment and flood-proofing the pipes, among other projects.

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