A rush of brown water flooded into the Court Square-23rd Street station in Long Island City Wednesday night, making for a soggy commute–and a dangerous one for one passenger who was nearly swept onto the tracks. The MTA said the unfortunate overflow was caused by a plywood construction wall in a nearby building site, where the skyscraper known as Skyline Tower is rising, giving way in the recent downpour, the Daily News reports.
Though the underground flood didn’t cause any delays or injuries, it made for a scary sight in videos offered up by alarmed commuters. One straphanger commented, “If that guy went any further he would have fallen into the tracks and been hit by that train. It was especially dangerous.”
MTA officials have reportedly met with the building’s contractor to make sure measures were taken to prevent future–and more disastrous–flooding.
“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 statement from the MTA reads. “We have already begun taking steps to make sure the developer and contractor are held accountable and this doesn’t happen again.”
- 10 Brooklyn stations won’t have overnight L train service for nine weekends
- After a four-year renovation project, N train service in Brooklyn is fully restored
- MTA will bring food and retail options to three of the city’s most trafficked subway hubs
- Judge rules accessibility lawsuit against the MTA can move forward
Neighborhoods : Long Island City