Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Worst Disaster for New York Subway in 108 years

Sea Water and fresh water from the flooding has made it's way into the subways creating the worst disaster for the Subways in 108 years according to the Chairman of the Subway Commission in New York. There will be a minimum of 14 hours  to 4 days to dry out the subways if more water doesn't go down in there in the meantime. So, no one knows for sure when the subways will open again for business.
Facts from CNN TV tonight.

Also, the New York Stock Exchange will be closed Tuesday. Cars in the downtown New York  business area were seen to float down the streets during the flooding. So, they will all eventually have to be towed away  sometime in the future because after being flooded they likely will not run with their batteries and electrical systems all shorted out by the flooding. Though I'm posting some pictures here my favorite is of the SCUBA diver in the Subway. But because these photos aren't loading right I would click on the following word button  that says "Images for pictures------"to see these photos clearer.

Images for pictures of the subway flooding

  I was trained from ages 12 to 17 summers working with my Dad who was an Electrical Contractor. I also worked for a year as an Electrician's Helper as an adult while I was attending college. I can tell you sea water is the last thing you want on any electrical component or connections that operate a subway. Fresh water wouldn't actually be that bad (if you dried it out completely). However, salt water has many other elements that conduct electricity and that corrode components in it. So even if you dry it out it still could cause shorts or corroding in the future from all the other elements including NaCl (salt). So, fresh water might be able to be dried out of components but likely salt water might create situations where all the components would have to be replaced. However, it might be possible to wash the salt water off of components with fresh water and then blow dry them all and this might work for  making the subways operational once again.

But, because of the speed they need this thing up and running again likely they will just do the minimum and have to replace thousands of parts as they short or corrode out in the next months or years from the salt water.

Even though that will be really expensive it is likely what will happen because people need to get to and from work in New York City.

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