We were warned of the torrential downpours and flash flooding that would hit on Monday night, but New York City was not quite prepared for the punishing weather event. Let's take a look—here's how Gowanus handled it:
At 4th Ave and Carroll Street in Brooklyn. Courtesy of Adrienne Zhao pic.twitter.com/wEU4RFwqfQ
— Julie Chang (@BayAreaJulie) July 22, 2019
A construction barricade across the street floated into the street and blocked all northbound traffic pic.twitter.com/18uiqGm8bd
— Gowanus Antetokounmpo (@ryanrcraggs) July 23, 2019
A woman who was in the Brooklyn neighborhood by 4th Avenue and Carroll Street told NBC New York, "I was scared because I was in sandals. Water almost to my waist." The station reported that an Uber driver "said the water came up close to his car's window in just seconds. He was stranded on Carroll Street hours after he and his passenger escaped the rising water by crawling out the windows."
— Tim Sachs (@TimSachs) July 23, 2019
"Before the three summers of work to dig up Carroll and replace the sewers, which involved removing lots of large beautiful trees that provided shade for the older neighbors to socialize under but were incompatible with large drilling equipment, this intersection used to flood constantly, even with much less heavy rain," Tim Sachs explained to us. "I heard some of my neighbors wondering how this could happen again after all those summers of digging to address this very issue."
City Council Member Brad Lander had an answer:
Thanks Tim, on my way there now, I reached out to DEP & DDC. Even though construction has been underway so long, I don’t think the high-level storm sewer is operational yet. Checking/will let you know. Hopefully the new infrastructure will help with future flash floods like this.
— Brad Lander (@bradlander) July 23, 2019
Things were also very bad in Williamsburg, where one extremely courageous woman decided to just go for it:
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) July 22, 2019
One intrepid woman got out of her car and physically cleared the clogged sewer on the Long Island Expressway:
I cleared the LIE!! It was insane but I got out and did it pic.twitter.com/95fGlzbMGo
— Daphne Youree (@DaphneYouree) July 23, 2019
Our crumbling infrastructure is on full damn display in my district tonight as:
1) 2/5 train service is completely screwed and the R train is dangerously leaking; and
2) Many residents in PLG have no power after @ConEdison, without warning, shut it down.
So much work to do.
— Senator Zellnor Y. Myrie 米维 (@zellnor4ny) July 22, 2019
Reminder: When there's a huge downpour, the city's sewer system can't handle it, so that runoff will often end up in... the subway system:
— Kelly Mena (@KellyJ_Mena) July 22, 2019
....and this is the path the MTA has provided. pic.twitter.com/xbFolbgXNz
— t. (@TobiClement) July 22, 2019
— Jason Haber (@jasonhaber) July 22, 2019
Gowanus was cleared by late Monday night:
After severe flooding earlier tonight, crews from @NYCWater got the area at 4th Ave and Carroll in Brooklyn clear. Thank you for keeping people safe and for your hard work out there! pic.twitter.com/s30ZiO3rLW
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 23, 2019
But let's face it...
— Andrew Rice (@riceid) July 23, 2019
Bottom line is as #climatechange change gets worse, we’re going 2 face more challenges from extreme weather, and more&more often. We must do all we can to get our infrastructure ready. Every night like this we need to recommit ourselves to the global fight against climate change
— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) July 23, 2019
Just invest in rain boots, goggles, and tetanus shots:
Listen if you can't commute with enough snacks for a 4-hour trip, a hazmat suit, scuba diving equipment, a flashlight, 2 backup cell phone batteries, hiking boots, & 1 of those handheld electric fans then maybe New York City isn't for you.
— Ben Max (@TweetBenMax) July 23, 2019