Aging Sewers Are Unable To Keep Up With the Flow

The downpour that immobilized much of the New York City subway system yesterday highlighted how an otherwise durable transit network still finds itself particularly vulnerable to an altogether predictable threat: a quick, heavy rainfall. ''There was simply too much rain in too short of a period of time,'' said Charles F. Seaton, a spokesman for New York City Transit. ''But our drainage system works only as well as the city's storm sewage system.''

By IAN URBINA

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