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Fallen Trees, Flooded Streets and Outages Blot South Brooklyn

Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill residents experienced a multitude of challenges during the peak of Sandy's wrath


Fallen trees, flooded streets and various outages were just a few of the challenges faced by residents of South Brooklyn as Hurricane Sandy passed through New York City on Monday evening.

Blocked streets due to broken tree limbs were reported at the intersection of Bergen Street at Boerum Place, Court Street at Garnett Place, and Sackett between Hoyt and Bond Streets.

Another landed on a car and portion of the sidewalk along 4th Place between Clinton and Court Streets, shared Yigal Rechtman, who noted that "No FD or ConEd yet!" on the scene even after an hour.

Time Warner Cable customers experiencing outages were also legion, with Patch readers everywhere from Hamilton Avenue to Columbia at Carroll Streets to Bergen and Smith Streets writing in to the Carroll Gardens Patch Facebook page about lost Internet and cable services. Verizon landlines seemed to be working for most subscribers.

"No cable or internet on union btwn smith and hoyt. Not sure about phones bc we dont have a land line," wrote Caitlin Kendall Jennings.

But the biggest hurdle for those living closer to Gowanus and Red Hook were creeping water levels which eventually flooded over into the streets.

"Water rising on Columbia Street but still confined to Port Authority lot at Warren," tweeted Lauren Young at @CarrollGPatch around 10 p.m. on Monday night.

Others reached out with concerns regarding the stench of oil and sewage in the air surrounding the canal.

While all of these issues present significant challenges and risks for residents, Mayor Bloomberg urged New Yorkers in a televised address not to contact 911 unless they were in immediate danger. The system has been clogged with calls since Sandy struck.

If you are still experiencing flooding, fallen trees or other less-urgent issues, please contact 311 to report the incident. 

Christine Cornman October 30, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Carroll Gardens etc. are NOT South Brooklyn. South Brooklyn is Marine Park,Gerritsen Beach, Sheapshead Bay etc., all neighborhoods underwater last night.No mention in ANY news media regarding the REAL South Brooklyn. Bad reporting!
Joanna Prisco (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Christine, many residents who grew up in this area do refer to it as South Brooklyn. But more importantly, I am sorry to hear that your surrounding neighborhoods are suffering so badly. Are you there now? If so, what are the greatest needs at this time? How can we help?

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