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Both tubes of the former Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, now known as the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, will reopen to traffic at 6 a.m. on Monday, November 19, 2012, the MTA and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.

Trucks are still banned from the tunnel until further notice, officials said.

An estimated 86 million gallons of oily, sandy, muddy seawater flooded the tunnel when Superstorm Sandy caused record storm surge on October 29, 2012.

The water flowed into the tunnel "like a river," Cuomo said, and actually reached all the way to Brooklyn, flooding streets in that borough.

The MTA said the tunnel was flooded floor to ceiling with water from both the Hudson and East rivers, causing severe damage to its electrical and ventilation systems.

Crews still have a lot of repairs to do, so the tunnel is subject to off-peak closures.

The tunnel connects the southern end of Manhattan to Red Hook and Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn.

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