No wonder they still aren’t up and running!
Superstorm Sandy unleashed all of her fury on Hoboken and Exchange Place PATH stations, as these dramatic videos taken during the height of the storm demonstrate.
The first snippet from the Port Authority’s closed circuit security cameras shows the outside of the Exchange Place station completely submerged in rolling, white-capped waves.
The inside of the station under water is shown next.
That station was so flooded, water is seen gushing out of the elevator at river rapid strength.
The jaw-dropping video comes as officials announced that the Christopher Street PATH station will begin weekend-only service on Saturday and the World Trade Center station could open later this month.
“The men and women of PATH have done heroic work,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye.
Christopher Street – which will be in operation from 5 am to 10 pm on Saturdays and Sundays – is opened weekends-only because it could become overcrowded due to nearby stations being shuttered.
“World Trade Center service, I expect, will open later this month,” he said.
The agency has struggled to bring back stations following superstorm Sandy because of heavy damage to signals, power stations and communications equipment.
Some of the equipment damaged and ruined was 80 to 90 years old and isn’t manufactured anymore.
Meanwhile, Foye said a southwest portion of the World Trade Center — near West, Washington and Cedar Streets — was flooded with over 125 million gallons of water.
“That much water would fill a swimming pool almost 6.5 million miles long, 50-feet wide and 10 feet deep,” he said.
They expect the agency’s insurance to pick up much of the tabs for repairs, although it remains to be seen what the final tally will be, he said.
“The assessments are ongoing,” he said following the Port Authority’s first board meeting since the storm.
The bi-state agency honored several Port Authority cops and three civilian employees for saving dozens of people’s lives during the storm.
Source: The NY Post