Press Release Article


Date: Oct 29, 2012
Press Release Number: 157-2012

Port Authority employees have worked around the clock to secure the World Trade Center site in advance of Hurricane Sandy.

In addition to precautionary measures the Port Authority set in place through the duration of the project, recent work taken by the agency and its partners -- Silverstein Properties, Tishman Construction, Tishman-Turner Construction, the 9/11 Memorial Foundation, Judlau and Guardian -- include placing thousands of sandbags at the site to protect sensitive equipment from flooding. The site is using 30 permanent water pumps and nearly 100 temporary pumps. In addition, to keep water off the site as Hurricane Sandy approaches, more than 100 civilian employees are working around the clock.

Earlier precautionary measures included securing all construction materials and equipment, including the cranes located on Towers 1 and 4. For floors above 88 at One World Trade Center -- which are currently surrounded only by netting -- crews removed or tied down any and all debris that could become airborne during intervals of strong wind gusts. All pumping equipment and electric generators have been tested and are working correctly, with backup plans in place. The site is equipped with redundant power, and additional backup generators have been placed on site. All cables and conduits have been secured with inflatable bladders to ensure that no water infiltration occurs. Furthermore, the main feeders and cables are surrounded by concrete walls, drainage and alarm systems that will alert maintenance and construction staff the moment moisture seeps into the electrical areas.

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