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Old August 28th, 2011, 04:00 AM   #1001
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Really worried about the memorial trees.
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Old August 28th, 2011, 05:28 AM   #1002
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Really worried about the memorial trees.
Yup, me too. They would seem to be the most vulnerable part. Though they did seem to plant them a while ago so maybe they've had a chance to develop strong roots.

Actually, when they first plant trees they anchor them with small ropes to keep them upright. Wonder if that was done or even appropriate in this situation.

Whatever goes wrong they have two weeks to fix it.
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Old August 28th, 2011, 05:35 AM   #1003
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What would happen if the memorial get flooded by Irene? They're saying that up to 11 ft of water could be possible.. SO would it be ready before the 10th anniversary?
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Old August 28th, 2011, 05:44 AM   #1004
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^My bad, the finished plaza level is 313' above PANYNJ datum (which is 300' below mean high tide)... So the sea level would need to rise about 13' (~4m) to flood the plaza level. As for your question, I'm not able to answer it since I don't know how the planters are designed.
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Old August 28th, 2011, 05:49 AM   #1005
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Could Hurricane Irene Uproot the 9/11 Memorial?


Some hopeful notes about the readiness of officials for this storm...
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Old August 28th, 2011, 05:51 AM   #1006
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How about the trees? My fear is that all those trees could get uprooted!
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Old August 28th, 2011, 11:15 AM   #1007
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We'll see how things look in a couple hours...
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Old August 28th, 2011, 05:57 PM   #1008
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Old August 28th, 2011, 06:11 PM   #1009
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If this are actual images from the KPI cams, Irene had no effect on the WTC site. I am not sure if this is recent.

EDIT: I just saw the timestamp on the upper part of the image. It is recent.




Source: http://www.video-monitoring.com/cons...itv/silver.htm
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Old August 28th, 2011, 06:30 PM   #1010
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If this are actual images from the KPI cams, Irene had no effect on the WTC site. I am not sure if this is recent.

EDIT: I just saw the timestamp on the upper part of the image. It is recent.




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Looks like, at least from this view that the site made it through a-ok

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Old August 29th, 2011, 01:59 AM   #1011
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Yeah the live earthcam shows little damage. (but image could be clearer)

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Old August 29th, 2011, 02:59 AM   #1012
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Thankfully Irene didn't do much do manhattan. However, not so much for other areas though lol. The promenade along battery park was however flooded.
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Old August 29th, 2011, 11:41 AM   #1013
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I have a question: was there any plan for The Sphere to be moved to Ground Zero? It would definately be a suitable place

Greetings from Poland. Ten years passed so fast

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Old August 29th, 2011, 11:42 AM   #1014
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Old August 29th, 2011, 07:20 PM   #1015
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Clear Skies for 9/11 Memorial: Hurricane Irene Actually Helped Ground Zero

By Matt Chaban 8/28 3:50pm

Hard work and luck have paid off at ground zero yet again
There was the potential for the 9/11 Memorial plaza to be devastated by Hurricane Irene, as one of the site’s marquee features is a grove of hundreds of newly planted Swamp White Oak trees and thousands of granite cobblestones. As the good news from the tropical storm keeps trickling in—no fatalities from the storm, less damage than expected, a city of now fully stocked liquor cabinets—it turns out the memorial has come through remarkably unscathed.

“It looks good,” Joseph Daniels, president and C.E.O. of the memorial foundation, told The Observer in a phone interview this afternoon, after he toured the eight-acre plaza. “The memorial site is intact. All the trees are still upright and intact, including the one we were most concerned about, the Survivor Tree.”

There were a few loose limbs and some leaves, but Mr. Daniels credits the preparation work with minimizing any problems, which, as The Observer reported Friday, included securing and removing equipment and pruning back trees to make them less susceptible to the wind.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg echoed these comments during his afternoon press conference. “It’ll be back to work tomorrow, I hope” at the World Trade Center site, the mayor said. “The memorial continues to be on schedule for the opening on 9/11.”

In a way, the site is in better shape for its grand opening in exactly two weeks than it would have been had their been no hurricane. “The plaza looks great,” Mr. Daniels said. “All the preparations we did in preparing for the storm actually helped prepare us for the opening, like removing excess equipment and temporary fencing that had been surrounding the pools.”

There was some flooding below ground, in the museum, “a little more water and some drips,” as Mr. Daniels put it, but “all the precious artifacts were safe, and we’re quite happy about that.”

The only real problem, which Mr. Daniels expects to have addressed by Sept. 11, is some flooding at 90 West Street. The nearby building will serve as a security checkpoint and logistics center, but pumps are already in place, prepared to remove the water.

Mr. Daniels said the memorial, and the city, had gotten lucky. “With two weeks left, it could have been a lot worse,” he said. “With the preparation the construction teams did, we’re real happy with that. We’re in great shape, actually.”

http://www.observer.com/2011/08/iren...-in-two-weeks/

BTW. Did that sphere survive the colapse of the buildings?
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Old August 29th, 2011, 10:06 PM   #1016
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I have a question: was there any plan for The Sphere to be moved to Ground Zero? It would definately be a suitable place
Yes, at the future Liberty Park (currently under construction), just south of the WTC site.
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Old August 29th, 2011, 11:25 PM   #1017
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Clear Skies for 9/11 Memorial: Hurricane Irene Actually Helped Ground Zero
Didn't want to quote the whole article. But that is really good news! Looks like the Memorial is going to be alright.

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BTW. Did that sphere survive the colapse of the buildings?
It survived, but it is very mangled, with holes all in it. It is currently on display in Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan.
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Old August 30th, 2011, 03:38 AM   #1018
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They have a big crew repainting the south reflecting pool right now. Looks like they are trying to do the whole thing tonight. You can see on earth cam.

Image via earth cam

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Old August 30th, 2011, 05:07 AM   #1019
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At least the Hurricane cleared up the skies so 9/11 will be a nice clear day...

(ominous) Similar to how it was 10 years ago on that day...
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Old August 30th, 2011, 04:44 PM   #1020
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The MEMO blog entry, by Amy Dreher

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Weathering Irene: A few acorns shook loose from the Memorial's oak trees, but all of the 225 planted trees stood up to the tropical storm and none were damaged. The Memorial will open in September on the 10-year anniversary of the attacks.
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