Monday, April 16, 2018

Manhole Explosion, Flooding and C.S.O. Discharges: An All Around Unpleasant Monday Morning In Gowanus

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If you live on or near DeGraw and Bond Streets, you may have heard a loud bang this morning.  That sound came from an explosion in a Con Edison manhole, which prompted quite a response from the New York Fire Department, securing the area and putting out the fire.
Thankfully, it appears that no one was hurt when the explosion occurred.

After this morning's torrential rain, the Gowanus Canal once again smelled like an open sewer, as Combined Sewer Discharges were released into the waterway, as evidenced by the unpleasant smell of human waste and "floatables" on the surface of the water.

Getting over the Third Street Bridge on the Carroll Gardens side was hampered as usual in heavy rains. Cars carefully tried to navigate through the huge puddle, with some drivers just making a U-turn to avoid getting stuck.
All of this, and it was not even high tide when we took the photos. The next one is at 9:02 pm tonight, if you are keeping track.

An all around unpleasant Monday morning, we say. Glad to see the sun peaking out now.

3 comments:

John Longbow said...

My father (and his father) worked in HVAC and plumbing and they instilled in me the need for safety around gas lines. Always tell someone if you smell gas, especially if you smell it outside! People tend not to bother with exterior gas smells, which is why over seventy percent of gas explosions happen outside of buildings. They tend to occur along sewer lines (like this one by the Gowanus), and are also common near commercial kitchens, with the exception of the unusually safe kitchens in the Shanghainese restaurants our neigborhood so desparately needs.

Anonymous said...

Usually manhole explosions are caused by electrical fires.

Anonymous said...

Hey, might it be that the city is building that billion dollar sewage facility at the head of the canal to do more than just capture some sewage-over-flow?

Might Gowanus be getting a major sewage processing facility as part of the ever talked of rezoning? Because it is hard to believe developers are interested in housing next to water that is periodically this brown from freshly flushed toilets.