What to Expect on Tuesday: “Get the City We Love Back On Its Feet”
Here are the main points from Tuesday’s storm update at 11AM by Mayor Bloomberg. Now he’s speaking Spanish, so I have a moment to add to this post. I live blogged the notes below. Most important message: Schools will be closed on Wednesday, it will be at least 3-4 days before subway and electrical power is restored.
23 serious fires; no loss of life in fires; 80 houses lost
76 shelters will stay open until Zone A and other persons can find temporary housing
Storm claimed 10(sic) lives in NYC (Cuomo announced that 15 lives were lost)
Main priority is getting mass transit system up and running and restoring power.
East River bridges open are now open.
MTA says last night was the worst disaster the subway has seen in its history
Con Ed says damage unprescedented in scope
3/4 of a million New Yorkers are without power
There is extensive flooding in all under-river subway tunnels
There will be limited bus service this afternoon; restoration of bus service by tomorrow
Wednesday roads will be cleared and free of water
No flights from airports
Mayor has determined that yellow cab drivers can pick up multiple passengers
Livery and black cars driver can pick up passengers anywhere in the city (TLC license plate)
NYU and Manhattan Vet’s Hospital Closed
NYU Langone evacuation is complete.
No storm related fatalities at any hospital
Some shelters lost power last night
4,000 tree service request; most in Queens (311 to report downed trees)
Crane is stable, required evacuation of 57th Street
Schools closed tomorrow.
City workers are expected to go to work if they can get safely to work
HRA Centers are open
Reaching out to small businesses
Stay away from Parks
Away from damaged trees
“Nature is more powerful than we are”
First priority to getting transit and power system up and running
“Get the City We Love Back On Its Feet”
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