NYCs Gowanus Canal, one of the world's most toxic waters, is running over, spilling into the city. This is how the Zombie Apocalypse beings.—
Sebastian Wupper (@SebWuepper) October 30, 2012
The Gowanus Canal overflowed its banks Monday, flooding the surrounding streets with polluted water. The Gowanus is a Superfund site described by the Environmental Protection Agency as “one of the nation’s most extensively contaminated water bodies.”
New York City officials weren’t too concerned about toxic aftereffects.
Mayor and an official, I believe with DEP, said they don't anticipate serious issues on Gowanus "We'll just clean it up like anything else"—
Hunter Walker (@hunterw) October 29, 2012
But the Department of Environmental Protection urged people to wash up after coming in contact with the contaminated water.
That wasn’t much comfort to area residents watching the canal water seeping toward their front doors.
Area residents also had to contend with a fire.
Acrid smell: Fire. Electric. Gas. Gowanus funk. Horribly reminiscent.—
Rebecca Traister (@rtraister) October 30, 2012