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Draining N.Y. Tunnels Flooded by Sandy to Take Many Days

Five underground walls of water containing hundreds of millions of gallons stand between New Yorkers and their lifeblood of full subway service.

It’s going to take hundreds of pumps, including ones powerful enough to drain an Olympic-sized swimming pool in less than 15 minutes; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ National Unwatering SWAT Team; and at least several more days to get the job done.