Yesterday we wondered if Gowanus residents should be concerned about flooding from Hurricane Sandy, today the New York Times came out with a full-blown article. Residents, not surprisingly, are concerned about inadequate infrastructure and the toxic waters, especially in light of big development eyeing the shores of the Gowanus. According to the Times, “E.P.A. officials say that the water that came out of the Gowanus, and turned Bond and Nevins Streets into rushing rivers last week, was extremely diluted with saltwater coming in with the tide. All floodwaters, they added, can be hazardous.” As for the 700-unit Lightstone development, a company rep says the development plan already takes into account possible flooding and will not need to be changed in any way. But residents seem pretty convinced that the flooding isn’t going away anytime soon. Locals are still waiting on the EPA for test results on how toxic the floodwaters actually are; those results could possibly change the course of how Gowanus residents deal with future flooding, or if they even stay in the neighborhood.
In Brooklyn, Worrying About Not Only Flooding but Also What’s in Water [NY Times]
Should Residents Worry About Gowanus Aftermath? [Brownstoner]
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