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Anti-flood system rolled out in a lower Manhattan subway

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 01:42

Three years after Hurricane Sandy, a new anti-flood system is rolled out in a New York City subway station to defend against wild weather patterns. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Images like these remind New Yorkers of how wild weather patterns can be disastrous... and deadly. Three years after Hurricane Sandy devastated the area, a new anti-flood system is being rolled out in a New York City subway. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JEFF ROUSHEY, ENGINEERING MANAGER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION AT ILC DOVER, SAYING: "The stairwell Flex-Gate acts kind of like a window shade where a fabric cover is deployed out along some rails and when the water comes in and starts to flood, it'll pull the fabric tight, sealing all those corners and all those edges." Jeff Roushey is the engineering manager for infrastructure protection at ILC Dover -- a company known for making space suits for NASA. They've created this device to withstand flooding by more than 14 feet... designed and tested for the Canal Street subway. Director of engineering, Dave Cadogan, explains: (SOUNDBITE) (English) DAVE CADOGAN, DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING AT ILC DOVER, SAYING: "Just a one or two man crew comes out, opens the system up, deploys it, and then they're ready to take the flood, but it only takes about five minutes to deploy." And time is critical when flooding strikes. New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority says they suffered a nearly $5 billion hit from Hurricane Sandy. A storm, which experts say, was likely aggravated by climate change and rising sea levels…. Cadogan says their device will cover 23 stairwells with up to 90 entrances in total around the lower Manhattan area. And with 400,000 New Yorkers currently living in a floodplain, the device could benefit many, many more if sea levels continue to rise... and the storm surge rises even higher.

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Anti-flood system rolled out in a lower Manhattan subway

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 01:42