In post-Sandy "dewatering" mission, Army engineers drain one Olympic-sized pool's worth of water per minute


19 Responses to “In post-Sandy "dewatering" mission, Army engineers drain one Olympic-sized pool's worth of water per minute”

  1. DreamboatSkanky says:

    Since they’re the government, I assume that that’s not very impressive, and that the Private Sector ™ could do a much better job.  If the government would get off of their back.

  2. acerplatanoides says:

    So it will be ~10 dys until the water is all out. Then inspections. Then repairs. I hope a lot of people realize that lower Manhattan probably won’t have subways for a while yet.

    This would be a great opportunity to update and modernize the affected train lines. I hope the governors of the affected states are big enough to accept federal assistance with such a massive job-creating project.

  3. Kevin Pierce says:

    Something makes me think their numbers are a bit screwy:

    At Start 600,000,000
    Removed so far* 64,000,000
    Remaining* 536,000,000

    Gallons per minute 696,000
    Minute for remaining 770 (12:50 in hours)

    *as of time of press release

    • niktemadur says:

      Right.  Same thing arranged differently:

      660,000 gals x minute.
      6,600,000 gals in 10 minutes.
      66,000,000 in 100 minutes.
      660,000,000 in 1000 minutes (around 16 hours, 40 minutes).
      Minus 60,000,000 (about 90 minutes) = 15 hours, 10 minutes, give or take a few minutes, to drain six hundred million gallons of water, at the claimed rate.

  4. SedanChair says:

    As more climate events occur, the Corps of Engineers might be the only ones with the logistics capability to fight their effects.

    I guess the military-industrial complex was worth it after all…except that the DoD is the a worse polluter than the rest of the government combined and is exempt from many regulations.

    But what an amazing achievement! I was astounded when I heard that parts of the subway were running after less than a week. This was the D-Day of storm operations

  5. LeftyX says:

    It’s nice to see that they’re using one of The Register’s units of measure, the Olympic-sized swimming pool:

  6. Wiki-Truths says:

    How long before the Mold is all gone?

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