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Seawater flooding subway and commuter tunnels

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It it turning into the worst-case scenario for the MTA as storm surges from Sandy batter New York City.

The agency that runs the subway system reports that up to four feet of seawater is entering subway tunnels. Some reports indicated that tunnels under the East River were flooded, but the MTA's Twitter feed said the condition is "unknown."

Stations in Lower Manhattan were also taking on water, according to an MTA Twitter account.

The Queens-Midtown and Hugh Carey (Brooklyn-Battery) tunnels were also flooded.

The MTA had tried to prepare the system to keep out the saltwater but the surge of water proved to be too much on Monday evening.

Salt can eat at electronic parts and metal that keeps the aging system running.

The MTA had closed the entire subway system on Sunday night.

Before the storm, the MTA said that it could take up to four days to pump out any flooding in the system.

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