Flooding Halts NYC Mass Transit

By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2007 11:01 AM CDT
Commuters on the Upper West Side of Manhattan wait for the doors of a full New York City crosstown bus to open that never did during the morning rush hour Wednesday Aug. 8, 2007. Most subway lines in...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – New York City public transportation ground to a standstill early this morning after violent thunderstorms tore up trees, damaged cars, and flooded underground train tracks, halting or delaying every single subway line, reports the New York Times. Flights at all three major airports in the metropolitan area were pushed back or canceled.

“It looked like a sardine can," a commuter said of a crowded, slow-moving subway train. "We are going home and taking a shower and going to try again, because we are very sweaty.” A transit authority spokesman said services was expected back by noon.