dcblogs writes: The effort to keep a data center running in a flood damaged building at 75 Broad St. in lower Manhattan is certainly inspiring. The basement was flooded, disabling a fuel pumping system that supplied a generator on the roof. Customers and data center staff carried fuel up 17 flights of steps, via a bucket brigade, to keep a rooftop generator running. They clearly saved the day. But was it worth the risk? This building was either directly in the evacuation zone or on the cusp.The flood waters reached a height of four feet in the lobby, so it is fair to say that the building was clearly in a high risk area and flooding was anticipated. What was the condition of the building fire suppression systems? Was the fire alarm system operational? What if a fuel bucket had been dropped and fuel spilled down the steps?
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