Thursday, October 27, 2011

Today's "King Tide" Rises In The Gowanus Canal

As the New York Times reported on Tuesday, an unusual sun and moon alignment is responsible for a 'king tide" yesterday and today. The normal tide is expected to be higher by 2 feet. As per the Times article:
"A king tide will be running Wednesday and Thursday because gravitational forces of the sun, the moon and the earth will be lined up in a cue shot of fleeting geometry and rare power. It will raise the water level between one and two feet above normal high tides for many areas on the Atlantic coast. It’s an entirely natural phenomenon."
I took my camera to the Gowanus at  10 Am this morning to check it out. It was high tide, and with the additional 2 feet, the canal was almost ready to flood some of the lower uplands.  There was almost no clearance left under the Carroll Street Bridge and the sewer overflow pipe next to the bridge was almost blocked completely.
This is a glimpse into what will become reality for this neighborhood in the next few decades.  Rising sea levels will make tides like the one we are experiencing today routine. 
Is anyone experiencing flooding in their basement today?  Let me know.

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