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Cuomo: Water from Vehicle Security Center at WTC removed

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that crews working at the World Trade Center site have completed pumping water from the Vehicle Security Center (VSC) Saturday.  

The VSC is where the storm surge entered the site at West and Washington streets in Lower Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy. About 11 million gallons or roughly 28 feet flooded the VSC during the height of the storm Monday night. 

Two crews started pumping the water for 24 hours every day remove it as quickly as possible. The crews will now begin to remove debris now that water has been pumped out. 

Gov. Cuomo also said with the removal of water at One World Trade Center and the PATH track bed, progress is being made at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, which could have complete water removal as early as Saturday night. The removal of the water from the VSC and throughout the site enables crews to resume significant construction work as early as Monday. 

There are about 14 huge pumps at the Museum as crews work to remove the water at the bedrock and across other parts of the site. Officials say more than 90% of the artifacts are currently being stored offsite, but for those that are at bedrock in the Museum space, artifact conservators are providing guidance for caring for the artifacts once the pumping is complete. 

Clean-up crews continue to work aggressively to clean the site and move artifacts to other areas for safe drying.

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