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New York City is flooding subway entrances to prepare for climate change

On a bright autumn afternoon in Brooklyn on Wednesday (Nov. 20), illustrator Kaye Blegvad was about to take the subway home. But as she approached the G train entrance in the South Williamsburg neighborhood, she saw something was very off. The station entrance, a staircase leading underground, was completely flooded. The water level appeared so high as to be flush with the sidewalk.

Blegvad did a double-take. The scene evoked “surreal David Lynch feelings,” she said. But like any true New Yorker whose stride is briefly broken by a bizarre scenario, she swiftly shrugged it off. “The other subway entrances were dry and normal and nobody seemed to be freaking out, so I just got on the train,” she said. “Only once I was on the train did I start thinking, wait, that really was quite insane.”

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She tweeted a photo of the scene, which quickly went viral.

As a reply, the MTA, New York City’s transit authority, cracked a joke about submarines before replying that the deluge was intentional. They were testing a barrier that could seal off subway entrances in the event of another flood like the one that hit the city during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. They linked to a video about how the gate system works.

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