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Evening flash floods in Brooklyn render city streets impassable

July 22, 2019 Noah Goldberg and Sara Bosworth
Intrepid cars take the plunge. Eagle photo by Mary Scott
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After a weekend of scorching, muggy heat, the sky finally opened up on Brooklyn, unleashing torrents of rain on the borough — all captured by the Brooklyn Eagle’s staff of course.

The sudden deluge Monday evening turned the street outside the Eagle’s Dumbo office into a Venice-like canal (Italy vacation canceled). The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning to Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn.

While the MTA did not announce any rain-related delays in trains in Brooklyn, an assault on a conductor at Borough Hall (someone allegedly spat in the conductor’s face) was slowing 4 and 5 trains in the evening. The transit agency also reported delays on the F, G, and 2/3 lines due to signal issues.

There was (more than) a bit of water in the stations.


And on the streets.


Debris floated around the Con Edison plant in Dumbo near the Eagle's office. Eagle photo by Mary Scott
Debris floated around the Con Edison plant in DUMBO near the Eagle’s office. Eagle photo by Mary Frost

The flash flood warning continued well into the evening, as the office of Emergency Management tweeted that a flood advisory would be in effect for Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island until 10:45 p.m. Monday night.

Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted out that city agencies were responding to reports of flooding in Gowanus streets.

Good thing there were no events at Barclays Center on Monday — because the entrance to the stadium looked like this:

Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
Eagle photo by Lore Croghan


Stay dry — and safe — out there, Brooklyn!

Were you impacted by Monday night’s flash floods? If so, let us know — shoot us an email at [email protected].

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  1. Francesca Tate

    Wow, that’s the second time within one week that I have read news reports about storm flooding in the subways. Haven’t seen that much water since Superstorm Sandy almost 7 years ago. Now that Gov. Cuomo has signed the toughest climate control law in the US, do he and the MTA have a viable plan for protecting the subway system against these storms that are increasing both in frequency and severity?