Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that crews working at the World Trade Center site have successfully completed pumping the storm surge from the Vehicle Security Center (VSC). The VSC is where the storm surge entered the site at West and Washington streets in Lower Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy. Approximately 11 million gallons or roughly 28 feet flooded the VSC during the brunt of the storm Monday night.
As soon as conditions safely permitted, two crews began pumping the water 24/7 to remove it as quickly as possible. Now that the water is removed, crews will start debris removal and the drying out process.
In addition, dewatering at One World Trade Center and the PATH trackbed will be completed later today and significant progress is being made at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, which could be dewatered as early as late tonight. The removal of the water from the VSC and throughout the site enables crews to resume significant construction work as early as Monday.
There are as many as fourteen huge pumps in place at the Museum, working to remove the water at the bedrock and across other parts of the site. More than 90% of the artifacts are currently being stored offsite, but for those that are at bedrock in the Museum space, artifact conservators are providing guidance for caring for the artifacts once the pumping is complete. Clean-up crews continue to work aggressively to clean the site and move artifacts to other areas for safe drying.