New York’s sewage system can’t handle extreme weather

New York City’s sewer system is overflowing.

The ancient network has spilled over twice in the past two weeks and cannot handle extreme rainfall events, climate and transit experts concede.

“We need more capacity in the city’s storm sewage system to deal with these flash floods,” said Janno Lieber, acting Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO. “There are literally tens of thousands of ways water gets into the subway: vents, manholes, conduit pipes. The subway is not a submarine—it’s a shallow trench system.”

Hurricane Ida, which dumped more than 7 inches inches of water on the city last night, shutting down subway service, flooding city streets and leaving at

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