Deluge Drowns Brooklyn

July 23, 2019

Helloooo…anybody paying attention?


Trains and planes were delayed while cars and pedestrians slogged through knee-deep water in battered Brooklyn as flash flooding swept through parts of the borough following days of intense heat and power outages.

The storms hit late Monday and early Tuesday. The National Weather Service posted a Flash Flood Warning that included Brooklyn and neighboring Queens. Parts of New Jersey also took the brunt of the storms, and widespread power outages were reported.

The first storms hit during rush hour, and gridlock prevailed.

8 Responses to “Deluge Drowns Brooklyn”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    No, hardly anyone’s paying attention because it’s not in their backyard. Brooklyn? New York? Ask the Trump “voters” (cultists) in red states if they care about Brooklyn (or even know where it is).

    In the DC area, we had the usual interruption of TV shows and weatherperson yadda yadda about “rotation” and suspected tornadoes. Storms hit mostly N and NE of DC in Maryland and were intense.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      Somehow I can’t see Inhofe bringing a heatwave onto the Senate floor and saying “Sorry, I was wrong.”

  2. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Poor schmucks in their basement apartments. Oy!

  3. dumboldguy Says:

    The Onion gets it—worth printing in full.

    EUGENE, OR—Outlining what a shift in public consciousness regarding global ecocatastrophe might require, a study published by researchers at the University of Oregon Monday found the average American must have their life destroyed by a natural disaster every six minutes in order to finally fear climate change. “According to our data, American citizens must lose their home to a flash flood, almost immediately watch a tornado ravage their hometown, and then succumb to heatstroke in 110 degree temperatures before recognizing climate change as a viable threat,” said head researcher and professor Vanessa Verrier, citing the tendency of U.S. citizens to forget about global warming roughly 10 minutes after their homes were devastated by wildfires. “Roughly seven minutes following a climate disaster, ambivalence sets in and Americans forget why these natural disasters have increased so dramatically in recent years. The good news, however, is that in the five minutes directly after losing a loved one in a hurricane, participants were much more likely to consider reducing their carbon footprint by taking public transit rather than driving.” The report estimated that the nation would have to suffer 34,000 consecutive natural disasters this month in order to garner significant support for climate change legislation.

  4. As Twitter user @brahmsposting noted, the water that Shawon and his fare forded comes from the Superfund site Gowanus Canal, making the flooding potentially toxic.

    “The water isn’t even safe to touch without special gear,” tweeted @brahmsposting.

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