"Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees, stripped of all her proud monuments, until there will be nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? If they are not inspired by the past of our city, where will they find the strength to fight for her future?" Jacqueline Kennedy

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: Amazing Gowanus Flooding Photos

Sackett St yesterday afternoon: 
Bayside Fuel Depot flood with strong odor of floating gasoline in air.
Last night: at Douglass and Bond
First and Bond Street flooded intersection at 8:20 PM last night
Union St and Bond Street flooded intersection
Second and Bond Street flooded intersection
Second and Bond Street flooded intersection with gasoline and varnish left by flood
Second and Bond Street flooded intersection with fire wood left by flood receding
Surveying the damage this morning. Oil sheen and flooding on Second St.
Storm aftermath. Burnt out bus on President St
Damaged fence at Union and Bond Streets
Damaged insulation on Sackett St
Firewood on First Street and Bond Street
Flood line on 2nd and Bond Street
Pumps at work on Bond
Oil and stranded boat at Canal and President
Stranded house boat at President Street
 Oil sheen on Gowanus Canal
Oil saturation on Sackett St
Overturned container on President Street
Lost bracelet on 4th and Bond
(photos courtesy of Eymund Diegel)

These amazing photos chronicling the flooding and the flooding aftermath in the Gowanus area as a result of Hurricane Sandy were taken by Eymund Diegel.  Thank you very much for sharing the images, Eymund.

No doubt this was the storm of the century.  Scientists have been warning us about this eventuality for a very long time.
Here is a link to an older post that I wrote after I joined a walking tour of the Gowanus Canal with climate change expert Klaus Jacob of Columbia University and with Paul Reale of The Climate Reality Project,which was founded by Al Gore, Nobel Laureate and former Vice President of the United States.
Please take the time to read it here:
Everything they predicted came true yesterday.

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