By now you've probably heard of the record tide gauge reading yesterday evening at The Battery near Lower Manhattan. The water level at high tide reached an astounding 13.85 feet (see the solid red line on the tide graph below), crushing the old record of 11.2 feet set way back in 1821.
The solid red line running left to right across the same graph denotes the flood level of 6.5 feet at that location. (I've noted that in purple text for your reference).
Note that while the water level at high tide this morning did briefly exceed 6.5 feet (yellow circle on the identical graph below), the forecast (black lines and "x"'s on the same image) calls for levels to remain below flood stage at both high tide this evening and again tomorrow morning (although it will come very close to 6.5 feet at that time):
That is certainly good news in that additional seawater should not be added to the already bad situation across the region.
The bad news is that much water still remains. While the water at ground level will continue to gradually recede over the next few days, much water will have to pumped out of subway tunnels, underpasses, parking garages and other below ground infrastructure across the city.
Until the water is pumped out of the subway system, the true extent of the damage won't be known, and a plan of action for repairs cannot be developed and carried out.
Our thoughts and prayers will certainly remain with the folks across the Northeast who are only just beginning to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Sandy.
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