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8/08/2007

Flooding cripples New York's aging infrastructure

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New York, USA

Photo: Officials inspect damage to building rooftops following a short and intense morning storm in the Brooklyn borough of New York, August 8, 2007. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)


NEW YORK (Reuters) - Flooding in New York's subway lines ground the morning commute to a halt on Wednesday, angering New Yorkers who are facing rail and utility fee hikes to support an aging infrastructure.
Every subway line coming into Manhattan was affected by flooding after a severe storm before dawn ripped roofs off houses, caused power outages and triggered tornado warnings.
"Riders are stunned that the system is so vulnerable to rain," said Gene Russianoff, a spokesman for The Straphangers Campaign, a transit advocacy group. "It's not like we live in the Gobi Desert."


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