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People trapped in lower Manhattan trying to make way out

11-01-2012 03:18 BJT Special Report:Hurricane Sandy slams US |

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- People trapped in lower Manhattan by hurricane Sandy are now trying to make their way out Thursday, as cars and buses are queuing up in long lines, causing traffic jam in the streets leading to upper Manhattan.

One of the residents told Xinhua that she and her husband have been trapped in their apartment for a consecutive second day due to Hurricane Sandy which has caused shortage of power and water in their residence.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo told a press conference Wednesday that limited subway service will resume Thursday.

"Limited New York City subway service supplemented by a bus bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan will begin tomorrow," Cuomo said in a press conference.

Cuomo also said that limited commuter rail service on the Long Island Rail Road and the Metro-North railroad will resume at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

He called for patience and tolerance because of the traffic conditions.

An estimation of 8.5 million people uses the Metropolitan Transport Authority commuter networks daily, according to reports.

Consolidated Edison, a major power provider in the region, said that more than 500,000 customers were deprived of power throughout the five boroughs, as of early Tuesday.

"This will be one for the record books," said John Miksad, Con Ed's senior vice president of electric operations. "This will be the largest storm-related outage in our history."

NYC Mayor Bloomberg also said that the backup power at New York University Langone Medical center had failed and that 215 patients were successfully moved to nearby facilities.

Local media reports that the most severe damage from the storm is in and around the city's low-lying areas. Water has been seen in all subway lines in Lower Manhattan.

"In 108 years, our employees have never faced a challenge like the one that confronts us now," MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said in a 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. "



Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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