Pumping water out of flooded tunnels would take anywhere from 14 hours to four days, MTA officials said. And that task would be followed by even more painstaking work—evaluating damage, then cleaning and repairing or replacing the electronic signal arrays that line every inch of the subway tracks, and which are essential to running the system's trains.
"You can't order a part from Westinghouse or General Electric GE -0.71% that is 100 years old," Mr. Jacob said. MTA workers will have to clean and test flooded equipment, "then you cross your fingers and hope that it works," he said.
Fortunate enough to have stayed dry and retain power so far on the UES. Got some friends in Brooklyn and downtown who are flooded and blacked out. Hope everyone can get back to normalcy soon. What's the latest on the storm?