NY-NJ Ports, Airports Undergo Post-Storm Assessment

NY-NJ Ports, Airports Undergo Post-Storm Assessment

All marine terminals in the Port of New and New Jersey remained closed on Tuesday while port workers inspected them for damage. in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

All three airports in New York City also remained closed Tuesday morning, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

All mass transit systems and commuter rail lines in the New York and New Jersey region remained closed Tuesday, preventing workers from getting to the terminals, or office-workers from getting to their offices.

MTA Chairman Joe Lhota called it “worse than the worst-case scenario” and the “worst disaster in the history of the subway system.” He said the breadth and depth of the damage was “almost unimaginable.”

Saltwater from the East River had flowed into the subway tunnels under the East River during the storm, possibly creating long-term damage to the subway system. The West Side Yards were still flooded.

Lhota said the subway system would have to be restored in pieces.

Saltwater from the Hudson also flooded the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.

Many highways were still closed or were closing periodically.

All major bridges into Manhattan also remained closed. The Lincoln Tunnel from Hoboken to Manhattan was the only trans-Hudson roadway open on Tuesday morning.

For continuing coverage of the storm and its aftermath, see the JOC's Hurricane Sandy special topic page.