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New York City grapples with recovery efforts after devastation

(Xinhua)

09:24, November 01, 2012

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- Workers in New York City have been racing against the clock fixing damaged power grids and restoring mass transit systems disrupted by devastating Hurricane Sandy so as to bring back normalcy as early as possible.

Hurricane Sandy lashed U.S. East Coast and made a landfall at New Jersey Monday evening, knocking out power for millions and killing at least 64 people, 22 of whom were in New York City, and producing a massive storm surge that caused historic flooding in some of subway tunnels in lower Manhattan, which led to a suspension of service to the entire subway systems in NYC.

As Sandy faded further inland, bus and bridge services in New York City were resumed late Tuesday, but road congestion was ubiquitous in every street of Manhattan, one of NYC's five boroughs, because of a loss of subway service across NYC.

One of the residents told Xinhua that she and his husband had been trapped in their apartment in lower Manhattan suffering from power outage and a shortage of water supply in their residence for two consecutive days.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday called for patience and tolerance because of the current traffic conditions.

Cuomo said in a briefing early in the day that starting Thursday, the city's subway systems will resume partial service from 42nd street of Manhattan and upward, but subway service below that street remains suspended.

"In 108 years, our employees have never faced a challenge like the one that confronts us now," MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said in his statement. "All of us at the MTA are committed to restoring the system as quickly as we can to help bring New York back to normal."

According to the New York State governor, limited commuter rail service on the Long Island Rail Road and the Metro-North railroad resumed at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

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