Sunday, August 28, 2011

How did our local Superfunded Gowanus Canal fare during Hurricane Irene?

Hello from CORD!

We at CORD have been very concerned about the impacts of Hurricane Irene last night and this morning. While the worst is now over, the Gowanus Canal was clearly flooded early this morning at 8:30 AM when a local resident took these pictures. We are very grateful the flooding was not worse as the highly contaminated brew of this water makes it a very toxic, and unwelcome guest on our streets, in our basements, and on our property. We were extremely fortunate that the strength of this hurricane was considerably lessened when it reached Brooklyn, however we might not be so lucky next time.....

We have maintained from the outset that the very real potential of a Hurricane or Tornado or Tropical Storm or Earthquake on the Gowanus Canal or in the Zone A/lower Zone B area has an especially harmful human health potential effect. Does our city completely understand these risks and will steps be taken to safeguard citizens in the next storm, we wonder?

Please send us any pictures of this area if you have them from the past 24 hours. We are saving them in a photo archive. Thank you.


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With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........