The MTA suffered a minimum of $75 million in damages from flooding tied to Typhoon Ida previous this month, performing Chairman Janno Lieber mentioned Wednesday.
“We’ve given our preliminary estimates to FEMA, and that was once within the $75 to $100 million vary,” Lieber informed newshounds after the authority’s per 30 days board assembly. “Normally those numbers creep up as you begin to perceive the secondary affects of no matter came about.”
The MTA pumped 75 million gallons of water out of the subway machine within the aftermath of the typhoon, Lieber mentioned.
Flooding from Ida reduce energy on some educate strains and flooded commuter rail tracks and one bus depot, knocking out transit provider around the town and area.
“The typhoon sewer machine on the boulevard degree is inadequate to a few of these flash floods that local weather alternate seems to be bringing,” Lieber mentioned. “We had been pumping like loopy, and the sewer machine, the typhoon sewer machine, couldn’t take extra water.”
On best of the prices of repairing and changing affected infrastructure, the MTA could also be mulling what it must do to forestall destructive floods at some point, Lieber mentioned. However he famous that the wear and tear from Ida was once considerably lower than from Superstorm Sandy in 2012 as a result of Sandy introduced saltwater into the machine, which is a lot more destructive.
Lieber mentioned the town and MTA are operating to spot stations susceptible to flash floods.
“We’re going to take some movements with the town, however there additionally must be those long run investments in boulevard degree drainage,” he mentioned.
Gov. Kathy Hochul has vowed to “intensely” examine the MTA’s reaction to the typhoon.