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WATCH: Queens subway platform flooded with water, nearly forcing man off his feet into path of train

WINS Radio New York logo WINS Radio New York 7/18/2019 David Caplan
the inside of a building © Provided by Entercom Radio, LLC NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- One word: wow.

A Queens subway station was inundated with water Wednesday night, following severe thunderstorms, forcing at least one straphanger off his feet and nearly into the oncoming path of a train, as well as the collapse of a construction wall --- and it was all caught on video

The MTA said a contractor working on a residential building next to the Court Square station is responsible for the water works.

MTA spokesperson Shams Tarek said in a statement, "Our initial investigation finds that severe and dangerous flooding was caused at the Court Square subway station last night when a private developer building a residential tower adjacent to the subway station - as well as a new entrance and elevator for the station - allowed their construction site to become inundated with water after their contractor relocated utilities and did not have the proper pumping system in place to act as a temporary drainage system. Their worksite was inundated with rainwater during severe thunderstorms, causing water to build up at their worksite and breach plywood separating their worksite from the station."

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer tweeted, "This is horrifying! @MTA must inspect & secure the construction at the Court Square station before someone gets hurt. This should have never happened!"

Tarek added, "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. We have already begun taking steps to make sure the developer and contractor are held accountable and this doesn't happen again. We have no reported injuries and no service impact from this incident as our trackbed drainage system was able to remove all of this unexpected water, but we regret that our customers were inconvenienced and put at risk by this contractor's shocking lapse in best safety practices"

He continued, "Transit personnel responded to the station immediately last night after a customer report of water in the station; the platform water condition had already cleared but that section of the platform was blocked off temporarily out of an abundance of caution. Transit officials met with the contractor and secured numerous measures to address this immediately: the contractor agreed to restore proper pumping to the worksite, agreed to build additional protections around its worksite including a dam and a new wall and waterproofing, and agreed to have more personnel on site during major storm."

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