Sandy Pics From South Brooklyn

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October 30, 2012 by Darlene McC

I went out with my friend John from ControlGeek.net (a storm chaser, weather nerd, and a guy who knows how to minimize his risk – you’d want him on your zombie team).  We headed down to Coney Island and Brighton Beach in our fare borough of Brooklyn to check out the aftermath.  Earlier I posted a video of a parking garage buried up to the first floor in sand, here are the pics from our excursion.

We noticed something strange from the get-out: localized pockets of standing water and flooding.  New York didn’t get significant rain last night, so it was odd the way one block would be under water and the next would not have any flood damage.

It wasn’t clear why until we got out onto the beach.  It looks like localized sections of the dunes underneath the boardwalk gave way, causing water to rush through in that area and swamp out the streets nearby.  For all I can tell this would’ve happened fast and I’d be curious to hear from a local what it was like; but no one was really around.

Just across the street from Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog stand is the old Shore Hotel with it’s iconic sign:

And after the storm today the sign is in further decay:

The letters were dangling in the wind, occasionally creaking.

Standing muddy water at the subway terminal on Coney Island

The subway terminal was flooded, with mud standing in the entry way:

And on the beach the waves are incredible:

seafoam isn’t green… at least not today.

my adventuring partner John

A little west in Brighton Beach it was like a mud city – you can see from the highest markers that the wave action was hitting 6 – 8′ easily in some surges:

Residents of The Empress

A block from the Boardwalk flooding went up to the 5th step and you can clearly see the mud line.

There’s also the parking garage video I posted earlier

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2 thoughts on “Sandy Pics From South Brooklyn

  1. Roberta Yusba says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. My elderly mother is in Brighton and I am in California and now I have a much better idea of how it is there. THANKS

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