According to the Department of Education, 200 of New York City’s 1,400 public school buildings are currently “not operational” because of damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy. We visited a few of them today.

“Catastrophic. Pure devastation,” said Joe Modica, a custodian at Gravesend’s William Grady Career and Technical High School. The school’s boiler room and media center, both located in the school’s basement were flooded with about seven feet of water yesterday.
Modica and about a dozen others — custodians, plumbers and electricians — were working in shifts to pump water from the school today.

P.S. 253 in Gravesend, about three blocks from the ocean. Con Edison trucks were parked outside many flooded schools in southern Brooklyn, where electricians disconnected power until the schools could be fully pumped.
The basement at P.S. 15 in Red Hook was also flooded with between five and seven feet of water, staff said.