No pestilence then. Sorry to disappoint.
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You sure seem to be speculating (again) though.
You're right though, that merely removing the water from the tunnels doesn't clear them to be reopened. The pumping is in progress; no word on how long it will take. Once it's done, they have to clean, check for structural damage, repair or replace any electrical equipment inside them, etc. The water that invaded the tunnels was salt water, which means even more potential damage to electrical equipment, especially in the subway tunnels.
I neither said nor suggested any such thing. However, I think sensationalist speculation only fuels people's anxieties; it doesn't help at all.
The subway system is partially restored. You can travel within each borough, but not between Manhattan and Brooklyn/Queens and not into lower Manhattan, where the power is still out. They're hoping to restore power sometime today.