Assessing the Red Hook Flooding

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    Seems like Red Hook was one of the worst-hit neighborhoods in Brooklyn last night during Hurricane Sandy. The New York Times singled out the neighborhood this morning and reported that the area suffered from power failures, massive flooding, sewer overflow and business damage along Van Brunt Street. Water flooded the basement of the bar and restaurant Fort Defiance, causing tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage. The Red Hook Lobster Pound experienced major flooding too. This morning on Twitter, Greg O’Connell of the O’Connell Organization reported that “water was up three feet in our office at Pier 41” and that “all ground floor units are completely flooded at all #redhook #redhookwaterfront properties.” And another tweet: “All ground floor businesses at Beard Robinson Stores, Red Hook Stores (FWAY) and Merchant Stores (P41) are compromised for the near future.” Tweets by reporter Josh Robin early this morning reported “Red Hook power off. Abandoned cars litter street. Water has receded,” as well as “Red Hook was scene of severe flooding. It destroyed first floor of building on Conover/Sullivan.” From WMNF News’ Twitter feed: “Overnight water in Red Hook Brooklyn was five feet deep until it receeded this morning. Everything smells and looks oily.” The Times article also mentioned many stayed in the neighborhood throughout the night, showing off “the pioneer spirit” Red Hook is known for. Has anyone heard how local residents are faring this morning? Any updates? Click through for more images from yesterday and this morning…
    Power Failures and Flooding Overwhelm Lower Manhattan and Red Hook [NY Times]
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