I think wires coming down are going to be the least of the problems.
1) employees need to be able to GET to work. We live here too, right now Im taking a break from preparing to evacuate myself, and prepping my yard and moving belongings I don't want to get ruined. Most of the access roads to Long Branch were flooded during Hurricane Irene. This was the case many other places as well.
2) trees pulling wires down
3) prolonged power outages
4) Flooding, washouts and other damages to the Right of Way
Just a few issues faced in the coming days.
I think its a pretty good chance that the NJCL will be shut down at some point due to flooding or damage to either the track, catenary or both. Remember the washout in Matawan last year. That was a BIGGIE. Sure it was overshadowed by the Southern Tier being destroyed, but there was still LOTS of damage in NJT land last year as well.
I also think that the newly installed Flood wall in Bound Brook will be closed VERY quickly. That will cut off RVL service at Bound Brook, and trapping equipment in Raritan yard.
Gotta wonder about Trenton flooding again.....
There are also areas on the ACL I can think of that would be prone to damage in a bad storm, severing the line.
And thats just the Newark Division!
Im sure Hoboken Terminal will be flooded at some point, maybe they will put some trains in the Tunnels again, but that will mean nothing into and out of Hoboken, effectively shutting down the lines that go into it.
People shouldn't be commuting or trying to go anywhere anyway, thats why we are in a State of Emergency.....
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