A rush of brown water flooded into the Court Square-23rd Street station in Long Island City Wednesday night, making for a subjective commute – and a dangerous one for one passenger who was nearly swept onto the tracks. The MTA said the unfortunate overflow was caused by a plywood construction wall, where the skyscraper known as Skyline Tower is rising, giving way in the recent downpour, the Daily News reports.
Though the underground flood did not cause any delays or injuries, it made for a scary sight in videos offered up by alarmed commuters. One straphanger commented, “If that guy went any further he would be hit by the train. It was especially dangerous. "
MTA officials have reportedly met with the building's contractor to make sure measures were taken to prevent future – and more disastrous – flooding.
"This was an absolutely unacceptable and avoidable accident caused by a contractor working on a residential development project that could have put lives at risk," the statement from the MTA reads. "We have already taken steps to make sure the developer and contractor is held accountable and this doesn't happen again."
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