Big Winter Storm Surge Floods Boston Subway Station

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Big Winter Storm Surge Floods Boston Subway Station
Posted by MidlandMike on Friday, January 05, 2018 9:58 PM

The recent winter super storm caused a tidal surge that flooded into one of Boston's subway stations.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/01/04/aquarium-station-blue-line-closed-due-flooding/zsWaomZ2NsYbpJpL7ggsWO/story.html

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, January 05, 2018 10:18 PM

Can we guess that the MBTA did not pay attention to what "Sandy" did to the NYC area ?.  Hurricanes and noreasters have the same low pressure characteristics of high winds blowing onshore and pushing sea waters onto land..

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Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, January 06, 2018 11:57 AM

This may have caught the MBTA by surprise, I don't know, that news story doesn't say very much.

In the case of Hurricane Sandy in the NYC area there was plenty of advance warning for the local transit agencys to take advantage of.  New York's Metro-North, MTA and the Long Island Railroad heeded the warnings and moved locomotives and rolling stock to the highest ground possible and lost none of it.  Immovable infrastructure was another story of course, that they couldn't do anything about.

New Jersey Transit chose to ignore the warnings and so suffered considerable damage to locomotives and cars do to flooding. 

We had quite a bit of discussion here about NJT's Hurricane Sandy foul-up five years ago.  The thread may still be here waiting to be resurrected, but I'm not going to be the one to bother, it's all old news by now.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, January 08, 2018 12:17 AM

Firelock76

This may have caught the MBTA by surprise, I don't know, that news story doesn't say very much. 

They had two day's warning.  All the weather reports down here predicted the actual track of storm.  But that aside MBTA did nothing to harden facilities after all was said and done after :"Sandy".  No excuse ! !!

The bigger question is  " Has your local government and various other agencies proceeded with mitigations  after seeing the effects of "Sandy ?"

 

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, January 08, 2018 7:22 AM

blue streak 1
 
Firelock76

This may have caught the MBTA by surprise, I don't know, that news story doesn't say very much.  

They had two day's warning.  All the weather reports down here predicted the actual track of storm.  But that aside MBTA did nothing to harden facilities after all was said and done after :"Sandy".  No excuse ! !!

The bigger question is  " Has your local government and various other agencies proceeded with mitigations  after seeing the effects of "Sandy ?"

While the storm itself had been predicted for several days - was tidal surge a point of emphasis in those predictions, was the continuing raising of ocean levels account Global Warming taken into considerations?

Not being a Bostonian I have no idea of what their 'normal' concerns are for a Winter NorEaster.

         

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