Gowanus floods after severe rain storm

Flooding makes Gowanus look like Atlantis

No, this isn’t a canal in Venice — it’s Ninth Street near Second Avenue in Gowanus after a downpour.
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A powerful storm ripped through Brooklyn Wednesday afternoon — making the blocks surrounding the Gowanus Canal look more like the canals of Venice.

A weather station in Park Slope reported 1.96 inches of rainfall over the course of the deluge, which inundated some streets and sent shop-owners down to their cellars for sandbags.

A low-lying stretch of Ninth Street near Second Avenue in Gowanus saw some of the worst of the flooding — and our seasoned photographer Paul Martinka was there to capture the scene.

— Moses Jefferson

Reasonable discourse

John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
I hate to be the one to make this posting, but I strongly disagree with our reporter, Moses Jefferson.
Aug. 16, 2012, 11:31 am
Z from Bay Ridge says:
Hey John,
What exactly do you strongly disagree with?
Aug. 16, 2012, 11:59 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Well Z, for starters: Moses Jefferson states that "stench saw flooding". I just don't see that as a possibility. I'm sorry- I'm sure Moses is a nice person but his choices with describing things seem a little strange in my opinion.
Aug. 16, 2012, 12:23 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Oh my. It appears that I have misread this article. After reviewing the final paragraph, I see that it reads: "A low lying STRETCH of 9th Street" saw the flooding. Not "stench". I would like to take this moment to tell Mr. Jefferson that I am truely sorry. Please keep up your great work. Good day to you sir! Very sorry.
Aug. 16, 2012, 12:26 pm
John from East Williamsburg says:
I've been to 9th Street. I believe "stretch" is a typo.
Aug. 16, 2012, 3:27 pm
JAY from PSLOPE says:
this happens there every so often, the thing the article does not mention is whether or not this is overflow from the canal if it was which means toxic street and public health hazard.
Aug. 16, 2012, 6:12 pm
K. from ArKady says:
I think it safe to say that whenever there is flooding down by the Gowanus you are gonna be knee deep in human feces and the accumulated toxic waste of over 100 years of industrial ruin. Sane individuals would run screaming in terror from the spot, never to return. That said, apparently another developer is attempting to build luxury condos along the canal? Sweet.
Aug. 17, 2012, 11:48 am
Charles from Bklyn says:
Hey! Of course its time for luxury condos to be brought to the Gowanus area. What a wonderful stretch of Brooklyn just waiting for more capacity without infrastructure improvements. And YES, there was a stench. And No, I wasn't there, but after 4 decades in this neighborhood, I know what Gowanus smells like, rain or shine. Sometimes pictures smell a thousand odors. When Gowanus rain water fills up the streets, I know there is fecal matter not far behind.
Aug. 17, 2012, 1:16 pm
Perris Bueller from Community Board 2 says:
perhaps the hipsters still living illegally on boats off Union can sail ashore and save the day.
Aug. 17, 2012, 1:24 pm
S Fraser from Gowanus says:
It's just rainfall that drains to the lowest point. Which is stupid as the canal is right there and there's no storm drain into it. I've never seen the canal flood, but that 200 yard stretch before it floods all the time.
Aug. 17, 2012, 8:29 pm
Joe from Slope says:
There is no such place.....Gowanus???? When was South Brooklyn named that???Oh I forgot when the real estate agents tried to dupe the hipsters....been South Brooklyn since 1646 wake up people....
Aug. 18, 2012, 10:18 pm
ty from pps says:
Wow, Joe. Is it REALLY that strange to call the neighborhood immediately adjacent to the Gowanus Canal, Gowanus? Really? This is shocking to you?
Aug. 19, 2012, 8:28 pm

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