How the MTA battles to keep water from overwhelming the subways

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When rain pounds the city like it did Monday, umbrellas are often useless — even in the subway.

During the height of Monday’s deluge, the 145th station on the 1 line was like an underground Niagara Falls.

At Times Square, riders had to step lively to avoid getting drenched.

“I noticed it, so I tried to like avoid it, like get out of the way,” one commuter said. “It’s kind of gross because I don’t know where that’s coming from.”

Transit officials said it could have been worse, if not for 300 underground pump rooms.

“They’re absolutely essential to keeping our system dry,” New York City Transit President Andy Byford said.

Transit officials described their efforts to keep water out of the subway system as a never-ending battle.

“Manhattan is built on a series of old rivers and streams, so there is…

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