A Concerned Twitter User Asked Why The Subway Entrance Is Flooded, MTA Replied Hilariously


Global Warming has become a very big and serious topic. Not only are people building awareness of its possible effects, but some are even taking quick steps to plan for it.

Twitter user Kaye Blegvad posted a photograph of the submerged Broadway Subway Station in Coney Island, New York City. Unbeknownst to her, this was a flood test administered by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. And they are not hiding the fun.

This is what commuters were greeted with at the Broadway Subway Station entrance

Image credits: Kaye Blegvad

Like so many people going to the Broadway Subway Station the same day, Kaye Blegvad was shocked to see flooded station access. She took out her phone and tweeted about it. Soon after, she got an answer from the official New York City Subway Twitter account.

The MTA took the opportunity to joke about the new submarine subway service

Image credits: NYCTSubway

The tweet explained “We’re pivoting to submarines. ^JLP”. Now, that is an interesting idea. Sure, it’s not too effective as the train is much quicker and there is no water required, but not many people get to take a trip in a submarine, let alone in the subway.

All jokes were dismissed just a few moments later when the MTA explained the flooding

Image credits: NYCTSubway

Some moments later—should we say, after all of the suspense—they come out with an informative tweet. It turns out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has established flood doors in the case of Superstorm Sandy. The flood was imitated as an experiment to see how well the doors keep up.

This is what a typical NY subway station looks like unflooded


Image credits: Northwest via Wikipedia

The tweet read: “We were testing a new ‘flex gate,’ which is a flood barrier that would allow us to seal off a subway entrance. We ‘test flood’ the entrance for four hours to make sure it was installed correctly, which it was! We’re doing this because climate change is real. ^JLP”

Image credits: Epicgenius via Wikipedia

An official statement has been issued regarding the MTA investing in alike capital projects to counter the impacts of climate change. It explains that between October 21, 2019, and some time in Spring 2020, there will be no N trains between 86 St and Coney Island-Stillwell Ave. Commuters will have to change to other trains or buses to finish their trips.

The MTA has had several previous floods due to water mains breaks and natural disasters

Image credits: MTA

This seems to be more than just preparing for a disaster. The tweet highlights that climate change is a genuine problem, the effects of which we as humans may have to face one day. It spreads knowledge of how serious the issue may be if humanity is to overlook the matter.

Image credits: MTA

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