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Travel Returning To Near Normal In New York After Irene Passes Through

Travel returning to near normal in some areas of New York after tropical Storm Irene passes through. There is flooding in some of the lower areas however, as shown above.

Travel returning to near normal in some areas of New York after tropical Storm Irene passes through. There is flooding in some of the lower areas however, as shown above.

With Tropical Storm Irene now having moved up onto Canada soaking and flooding areas of the Province of Quebec, New York City and other cities in the United States are starting the big cleanup job, and getting transportation systems back up and running.

The subway system in New York is now functioning well on all 22 lines, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, although with a reduced number of trains. The airport is expected to reopen by the mid Monday, but flight departures will depend on the destination cities involved, and with many passengers to be accommodated, delays can be expected.

Meanwhile the Metro-North Railroad will not be operating any trains on its three lines on Monday because of extensive flood damage to the tracks, as well as fallen trees and mudslides blocking routes.

The Long Island Rail Road has two of its six branches running because of similar problems.

For the most part, damage is less than was feared, especially in New York City, due to the Hurricane Irene losing some of its strength over land and being downgraded to a tropical storm. The advanced warnings of the storm enabled emergency plans to be put into effect, one of which was to shut down the transit system in New York.

Now the task of cleaning up begins, and restoring power to those without, and to deciding which residents can return home safely, and which have to stay elsewhere because of severe flooding.

Once again, travelers should check in with their local authorities to find what services are running, and to allow plenty of time for the delays which will be inevitable as transport attempts to get back to normal.

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