Heavy Rains causes major flooding near Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn

Heavy Rains causes major flooding near Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn

The sky opened up over New York City Wednesday, causing flooding and leaving some Brooklyn streets — especially in Gowanus — under several feet of water.


The Doppler radar initially reported a torrential downpour that dropped an inch of water in just 30 minutes, creating flash flooding.

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By 1 p.m. when a flash flood warning expired in Manhattan and Brooklyn, several inches of rain had fallen. People outside the Gowanus Ballroom could be seen trudging through thigh-high flood water, some carried their bicycles over their heads.

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In total, the Doppler radar indicated rainfall amounts over two inches across a good portion of Brooklyn and Queens. Some spots like the Rockaways received as much as four inches of rain.

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Flooded construction site/color study. #Brooklyn #flood #colorstudy #construction #mud

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Eventually the storm moved southeast toward Brighton Beach and the Rockaways and flash flood warnings were extended to southern Brooklyn at 12:45 p.m.

The storms are expected to diminish heading into the evening hours — a wonderful end to the work week is expected with sunny skies and low humidity. Temperatures will climb to around 80 degrees during the afternoon.

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