New York City Flooding: Storm Surge At Irene Levels, Says Cuomo, Before Hurricane Sandy Has Even Hit In Earnest

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Even before the superstorm fueled by Hurricane Sandy has hit New York City in earnest Monday, parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn have experienced flooding.

At a press conference Monday morning, Governor Cuomo said the storm surge in New York is already at Hurricane Irene levels.

According to The New York Times, “Forecasters are expecting a 6-to-11-foot surge to hit the city at high tide around 8 p.m. [Monday] – the highest surge of the entire storm cycle.”

The storm surge is the biggest concern for New York City when the storm hits in full force Monday evening. From the Associated Press:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s environmental protection chief, Louis Uccellini, called the projected storm surge “the worst-case scenario” for New York City, Long Island and northern New Jersey.It threatened to swamp parts of lower Manhattan, flood subway tunnels and knock out the underground network of power, phone and high-speed Internet lines that are the lifeblood of America’s financial capital.


Water was already spilling onto the Battery Park Esplanade Monday morning and flooding streets in Red Hook, while the polluted water of the Gowanus Canal started to break free of its shores.

And according to the Wall Street Journal, “In the Breezy Point section of the Rockaways, a peninsula in Queens under a mandatory evacuation order, some streets have a few inches of water. The tips of waves are splashing over the seawall onto Beach Channel Drive, a main thoroughfare that runs along Jamaica Bay.”

New Yorkers have documented the early flooding on Twitter. Check out some photos below:

@StartingPtCNN Thank you for your amazing coverage Soledad! Here we are marooned in Red Hook, Brooklyn!!

Gowanus Canal flooding on Sackett. Note the disturbing greenish hue of the water in the background

2 thoughts on “New York City Flooding: Storm Surge At Irene Levels, Says Cuomo, Before Hurricane Sandy Has Even Hit In Earnest

  1. I agree with Mike Rivero…
    This feels like a distraction, because the storm is not what they say it is…
    As with patterns, this is how they like to pull off their magic tricks and while everyone is watching the lovely assistant, bam! we get hit with a new tax, to fix the Sandy Hurricane damage.

    What a great excuse to blame the hurricane for infrastructure damage, which has been ignored for the last 10 years or so….

  2. Well ya`ll know that this sandy storm is one way to get rid of most of the street people, but then again – just look at all the jobs that sandy will be creating. Just think – job creation and a lower homless population, and it all happens just before a phoney/rigged election. To late – probobly to change the phoney/rigged election – but just think of the big boost for the new phoney president!! ———PS, Doesn`t that look like a holsterd hand gun laying there in the street in that last photo above?

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