Flooding in Gowanus: Drivers traverse mega-puddle

Splish splash: A sport-utility-vehicle driver braves a small lake on Third Street near the Gowanus Canal during the rainy afternoon of April 30.
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A day’s rain translated into a foot-deep pond on a Gowanus street this afternoon.

The chilling two inches of precipitation that fell throughout the day, according to our pals at Weather Underground, collected in a low spot on Third Street between Bond Street and the Gowanus Canal, forcing Ford drivers to make their vehicles live up to their brand name.

Meteorologists expect the rain to continue overnight and let up around noon on Thursday, giving way to a 74-degree high and a partly cloudy sky.

Nathan Tempey is a Deputy Editor at the Community Newspaper Group. Reach him at or by calling (718) 260-4504. Follow him at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

JAY from nyc says:
This happen every time we get a big rain storm, and the MTA also has even more problems simply because of some rain, nothing gets fixed around here except elections and political careers apparently.
April 30, 2014, 6:40 pm
John from Sunset Park says:
A flood grows in Brooklyn
April 30, 2014, 10:07 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
I guess we couldn't spin this story into something about inconvenienced cyclists but those bike lanes were not much use yesterday. Not a great form of transportation when it only sees much use in fair weather
May 1, 2014, 4:01 am
Drowning from in and around Gowanus says:
This is a condition along several streets/sidewalks in and around the Gowanus that the city had known about and neglected for decades.

Ninth St, the most heavily traversed local block crossing the canal becomes impassable during heavy down falls.

We fix the bridges, the train over pass, the putrid waters, but nothing is done do keep the most essential of structures for the local people and businesses functional and out of total and utter chaos. What gives!

Raise the grade of these low areas, ramp into the contiguous properties, and make these local corridors function as they should.

We have a Brooklyn mayor now, let's get something done for the locals for a change!!!
May 1, 2014, 10:23 am
NYPD from NY says:
May 1, 2014, 10:45 am
ty from pps says:
Oh Swampy... "Not a great form of transportation when it only sees much use in fair weather" It must be painful being as ignorant as you.
May 1, 2014, 1:29 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
well Ty I had to be out and about on City business quite a bit yesterday. I did not see one single bicycle. Cars, trucks, subways, busses, ferries, commuter rail....not a single spandex terrorist to be found. Why is that Ty? Every other mode of transportation in the City was working. Educate me on what I am missing?
May 1, 2014, 4:35 pm
ty from pps says:
Guess what, Swampy... walking wasn't that pleasant either in the constant downpour resulting in a near record 5-inches of rain! Did you notice that the sidewalks were much emptier than usual too?! Hmm... damn "fair weather pedestrians!"

Let's take a look at the CitiBike statistics in a few days when they post the May 30th numbers. There were somewhere around 30,000 trips on Friday and about the same last Wednesday.

Of course, these are just the cyclists using the CitiBike system, which is mostly in the lower 1/3 of Manhattan.

Of course, I would LOVE to hear your opinions about what the best form of transportation is for NYC. Clearly, you are not advocating for "mixed modes." Nope. That would be too hipster, right? So, should we figure out a way to get 8.5 million cars in the city? Or, what exactly? Obviously bicycles have no place.... and certainly not any efforts to create an infrastructure to increase safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

So, Swampy, please tell ME what i'm missing...
May 1, 2014, 5:13 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
I saw plenty of pedestrians. Mostly wet, walking to subways and busses and cabs and cars, but they were out there. no bikes....not one. 30,000 bike rides!!!!!!!! on sunny days!!! Oh does that compare to the 4,200,000 subway rides? Not so well. Numbers kind of suck for those riding the children's plaything no?
May 1, 2014, 6:06 pm
jay from nyc says:
TY thanks for posting the citibike stats, I wonder if you would care to comment that despite those pretty impressive numbers citibike is going bankrupt and from what I can tell will not likely survive? Thanks, look forward to your response.
May 1, 2014, 7:03 pm
NYPD from NY says:
May 1, 2014, 9:48 pm
ty from pps says:
Oh Swampy... how did you stuff so many elements of willful ignorance and short-sighted buffoonery in so few words?
May 2, 2014, 9:25 am

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