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Traffic Problems Following Sandy

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After a dumping from Superstorm Sandy earlier this week, some subways and commuter rails are finally running in New York -- but traffic is a big problem, and flood waters are still crippling two major tunnels into the city.

A convoy of local state and federal officials inspected damage inside the flooded Brooklyn-Battery-Tunnel. Governor Andrew Cuomo says water in the tunnel hasn't dropped much since Sandy hit, and he is asking the Army Corps of Engineers for high speed pumps, explaining, "We have pumps that are operating but we don't' have the pumps that have the capacity."

Limited subway service is back in New York City for the first time since Superstorm Sandy flooded the nation's largest transit system, but with no power in lower manhattan, there is no subway service. Commuters waited on massive lines in Brooklyn for buses into downtown.

Traffic jams in Manhattan are an every day occurrence, but with only partial mass transit service, gridlock has been especially bad the last few days. To alleviate the congestion, major routes into the city are limited to vehicles carrying three or more people.

Mayor Bloomberg is hoping to lift the driving restrictions next week, but word from the power companies isn't as optimistic; they say some people won't get their power back until November 11th.

Gas lines, too, are growing longer by the day, with some people waiting as long as two hours just to fill up.

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