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MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz tells MSNBC's Chris Jansing that water has infiltrated some of the subway tunnels in New York City and describes what it will take the get the system running again.

MTA’s Kevin Ortiz on Sandy recovery: “This will be a lengthy process”

In the aftermath of brutal Hurricane Sandy, 5.7 million people are without power in the Northeast and in New York City, its transportation hub, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, has had to shut down bus and subway service, which serves as a lifeline for many New Yorkers travelling to work.

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The MTA’s Kevin Ortiz spoke to MSNBC’s Chris Jansing about the current state of the transportation system and assessed when things might get up and running. Ortiz says eight subway lines have seen major flooding and the process could take anywhere from 14 hours to four days.

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