The Gowanus Canal soup spilled over all the way to Bond Street (on the Carroll Gardens side) bringing with it disgusting debris, and a horrible, petroleum like stench from an unknown source. The Third Street bridge, at Third Street and the Gowanus Canal, which is also the neighborhood's evacuation route, was entirely submerged.
In fact Third Street became entirely impassable last night with the stench of the Canal Waters filling the air near the bridge crossing, and a car seen bobbing in the waters on the bridge. One of our very own CORD Co-Founders, Triada Samaras, took the pictures here at roughly 10 PM where she reports several people were in the area near the Canal gaping in disbelief, some even bringing their young children to see the site. (See below).
It has been a CORD contention for a long time that our electeds and other officials in NYC need to really see and comprehend the danger of using the Gowanus Corridor for development of hundreds of new units of housing (such as the Lightstone Project proposes) in what is clearly a highly contaminated flood plain. Do we also need to point another obvious point: that much of that flooded Canal Water last night seeped into the ground, into the sewars, and no doubt into many resident's basements? And do we need to ask again the obvious questions: What sort of health risks are created by such a situation? Or: How will Carroll Gardens escape a disaster if the escape route is impassable?
We hope this is the last time we at CORD need to see with our eyes such a catastrophe occurring. It really is no fun repeating the same things year after year after year.....Are our Electeds listening? Is the City of NY listening?
1) The evacuation route on Third Street needs to be further studied because it was submerged last night.
2) The toxic, Gowanus Canal will, indeed, flood into our streets in some weather conditions, making the surrounding area, which is already a contaminated floodplain in Zone A) even more contaminated (!) and an extremely lousy place to put any new and perhaps unsuspecting residents. This looks like a development plan that must have spawned the original slogan: BUYER BEWARE!
We hope our Electeds are listening!
Please help us contact them and demand some sensible answers and not the usual rhetoric. Tell them what we already know: Brooklyn is too GREAT a borough to tolerate such a massive health and safety risk running right through our sidewalks and backyards and stoops and over our children's shoes!
City Councilman Brad Lander http://council.nyc.gov/d39/html/members/home.shtml
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz
Brooklyn Borough President http://www.brooklyn-usa.org/
Assemblywoman Joan Millman
In addition, if you are concerned about this issue, please write to us and send us your pics of last night's disaster. We will post them with your name (if you wish) here on the CORD blog. CORD can be reached at: CGcord@gmail.com
All pics above: Second Street and Bond Street 10 PM