- It rained in New York City on Thursday, which meant the subway system flooded, as it usually does.
- A video posted online showed a deluge knocking a man off his feet at a station in Queens.
- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority blamed the deluge on a contractor of a nearby construction site.
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If it rains in New York, there’s one thing you can bet on (besides wet socks): flooded subway stations.
Thursday’s thunderstorm was no exception.
According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the deluge that nearly swept the man in the video onto the tracks as a train pulled into the Court Square station was due to inadequate drainage at a construction site that will eventually house the entrance currently hidden behind the (now damaged) wooden barriers.
“This was an absolutely unacceptable and avoidable incident caused by a contractor working on a residential development project that could have put lives at risk,” the state-controlled agency said. “We have already begun taking steps to make sure the developer and contractor are held accountable and this doesn’t happen again.”
The agency did not identify the contractor and said no injuries were reported.
Other videos show the full extent of flooding at the Queens subway station:
— Rose Minutaglio (@RoseMinutaglio) July 18, 2019
Here’s the full statement from the MTA:
We are aware of the dramatic videos of flooding at Court Sq station. This was absolutely unacceptable and caused by a developer/contractor building apartments next door. We're holding them accountable to take steps to keep our riders, staff, and station safe. Our statement: pic.twitter.com/B8mMH5RcxD
— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) July 18, 2019
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