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   How would you describe a large inflatable device being inserted into a subway tunnel to block floodwaters? The NYT is going with "filling in a giant concrete and steel cannoli"

20 Nov 2012 10:55 AM   |   3314 clicks   |   The New York Times
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Crewmannumber6     
Your mom's IUD?

20 Nov 2012 10:55 AM
Arkanaut    [TotalFark]  
Damn, that's one helluva cannoli.

20 Nov 2012 10:57 AM
probesport     
something something your mom something something

20 Nov 2012 10:57 AM
carrion_luggage     
Leave the N train. Take the cannoli.

20 Nov 2012 10:58 AM
RumsfeldsReplacement     
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20 Nov 2012 11:02 AM
LineNoise    [TotalFark]  
Of course this completely misses the problem that there are thousands of other entry points for water to get into the subway than just at the tunnel opening.

20 Nov 2012 11:03 AM
otaku69     
Are the designers of these, also working on plugs for the large grate covered air holes at street level that will also let water in?

20 Nov 2012 11:04 AM
Deathfrogg     
They talk about filling it with air, but filling it with water would withstand the pressure much better methinks.

20 Nov 2012 11:04 AM
manimal2878     
This city needs an enema?

20 Nov 2012 11:05 AM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  

Crewmannumber6: Your mom's IUD?


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You've never heard of the Aluminum Dalkon?

20 Nov 2012 11:05 AM
boyvoyeur     
Are we trying to keep the water out or in?

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20 Nov 2012 11:06 AM
A Terrible Human     
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20 Nov 2012 11:06 AM
Roja Herring     
Subwayoplasty?

20 Nov 2012 11:07 AM
halmot     
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20 Nov 2012 11:08 AM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  

A Terrible Human: [i.imgur.com image 580x458]


You mean the small one, for her ass?

20 Nov 2012 11:08 AM
probesport     

manimal2878: This city needs an enema?


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20 Nov 2012 11:09 AM
fappomatic     
Who'd want the job of going in to inspect it after an actual deployment? That's like inspecting the diaper of your newborn. You just know that little colon is going to cut loose at any second.

20 Nov 2012 11:11 AM
Clemkadidlefark     
Uh ... wouldn't a door work just as well?

20 Nov 2012 11:12 AM
sexorcisst     
I would describe it as one hell of a Saturday night.

20 Nov 2012 11:13 AM
Kit Fister    [TotalFark]  
I was thinking it was one of those large inflatable plugs i've seen in some porn...but a Tunnel entrance, you say?

20 Nov 2012 11:13 AM
loki see loki do     

20 Nov 2012 11:13 AM
HotWingConspiracy     
So it's a robot Chris Christie?

20 Nov 2012 11:13 AM
Karma Curmudgeon     
There's a "thumb in the dyke" joke here somewhere.

20 Nov 2012 11:16 AM
Unobtanium     
First thought - good idea if it works.

Second thought - <Scottish> Eh, it's not so much a balloon, as a...blancmange </Scottish>

Third thought - 

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20 Nov 2012 11:19 AM
Mussel Shoals     
Sounds like a job for former Twinkie creme injectors.

20 Nov 2012 11:21 AM
protectyourlimbs     
Tuesday?...

20 Nov 2012 11:21 AM
Agent Smiths Laugh    [TotalFark]  

carrion_luggage: Leave the N train. Take the cannoli.


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20 Nov 2012 11:22 AM
Carn     
I'm gonna go with filthy.

20 Nov 2012 11:23 AM
Vlad_the_Inaner    [TotalFark]  
During the coverage of Sandy, I was thinking that they could improvise plugs out of Pykrete if there was a source of liquid N2 (Liquid Air would be safer), sawdust (or shredded paper) and water.

You would use something like a attic insulation blower to put down sawdust or shredded paper. Spray it with chilled water, then freeze it with a spray liquid air. Build it up in layers until it had enough volume to hold through the storm surge. (if you were using liquid N2, you'd better provide O2 for your workers)

Of course after the storm you have to drill vents into it to get it to thaw before you started hauling out buckets of soggy sawdust, so its not exactly a easy un-install

20 Nov 2012 11:33 AM
mechgreg     

otaku69: Are the designers of these, also working on plugs for the large grate covered air holes at street level that will also let water in?


That's what I was wondering when I read about these ideas. I was in NYC a couple of years ago and I remember walking down the street (I think Broadway) and looking down into the grate I was walking over and realizing "hey that's the subway". Plugging every one of those, plus every station entrance plus the actual tunnels would seem impossible. Plus even then how do you stop backflow from things like the actual drains.

20 Nov 2012 11:50 AM
ruiner13     
I henceforth name it: the Big Underground Torrent Taming Plug, or, the BUTT-Plug.

20 Nov 2012 11:53 AM
groundrush     
Came for the Godfather reference. Left satisfied.

20 Nov 2012 11:53 AM
a61sun     

probesport: manimal2878: This city needs an enema?

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Quote Fail! Proper quote is "This TOWN needs an enema!"

20 Nov 2012 11:56 AM
give me doughnuts     

Arkanaut: Damn, that's one helluva cannoli.


You should've seen the gun.

20 Nov 2012 11:58 AM
czei    [TotalFark]  
Another use for a large inflatable thingie:

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20 Nov 2012 11:58 AM
imagonyx123     

boyvoyeur: Are we trying to keep the water out or in?

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Someone should have totally dumped red food coloring in that water.

20 Nov 2012 11:59 AM
LineNoise    [TotalFark]  

mechgreg: otaku69: Are the designers of these, also working on plugs for the large grate covered air holes at street level that will also let water in?

That's what I was wondering when I read about these ideas. I was in NYC a couple of years ago and I remember walking down the street (I think Broadway) and looking down into the grate I was walking over and realizing "hey that's the subway". Plugging every one of those, plus every station entrance plus the actual tunnels would seem impossible. Plus even then how do you stop backflow from things like the actual drains.


That was the biggest problem by us with the storm surge. The water from the river never made it to us. But it did make it to the sewer outlets at high tide.

So everything was hunky dorey until a little after 6. No water around our building. We were down in the garage making sure everything was cool. Then, out of nowhere, the storm drains all pop open and water starts pouring in. Literally 15 minutes later my car was actually floating away on a 5 foot deep river of shiat.

20 Nov 2012 12:05 PM
manimal2878     

a61sun: probesport: manimal2878: This city needs an enema?

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Quote Fail! Proper quote is "This TOWN needs an enema!"


Quote?

20 Nov 2012 12:16 PM
Unobtanium     

mechgreg: otaku69: Are the designers of these, also working on plugs for the large grate covered air holes at street level that will also let water in?

That's what I was wondering when I read about these ideas. I was in NYC a couple of years ago and I remember walking down the street (I think Broadway) and looking down into the grate I was walking over and realizing "hey that's the subway". Plugging every one of those, plus every station entrance plus the actual tunnels would seem impossible. Plus even then how do you stop backflow from things like the actual drains.


From TA: . "And while a plug at either end of an underwater tube would protect against a tunnel breach, Hurricane Sandy showed that flooding can occur in many other ways - through ventilation grates and station entrances, for example. So in a system like New York's, there may be other strategic places to install plugs.

'The positioning of the plug and potential sources of leakage all come into play in considering how to use these things,' Dr. Fortune said."

I think the idea is that if you seal off the large source of water (the main tunnel) and you can keep the rest of the systems intact (lighting, electrical [not the third rail] and pumps), then you can pump out whatever gets in through other routes.

Personally, I think the major issues (assuming they get the technical details of the devices worked out) are timing and the inevitable second-guessing. "Well, we thought this storm was going to be as bad as Sandy, but we were off by a few miles and the height of the surge. So we basically shut off the subways and trains for six days no good reason. Our bad."

Or, "We thought we had 36 hours, but the storm sped up and we only had 12, so our inflatable plugs were useless. Our bad."

20 Nov 2012 12:25 PM
Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf     

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I see what you did there!

20 Nov 2012 12:45 PM
dericwater     
The Nadia Suleman insertion device?

/The Amazing Ty stopper?
//The Kinky Jo stopper?

20 Nov 2012 01:12 PM
ukexpat     
A plug.

20 Nov 2012 03:53 PM
X-boxershorts     
Right, yeah, sure...whatever the dude says

(I think the dude might be compensating) 
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