Pics: Toxic Gowanus Canal floods Brooklyn neighborhood

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.

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.

  • freeinaz

    And all this clown of a Mayor can think about is to worry how much soda someone drinks……..

    • disqus_eric

      Maybe you’ll be ok if you come in contact w/ Gowanus, as long as it’s not more than 16oz.

  • Rod M

    Libs have run every big and inner city into the ground. Too busy taxing people to pay off their public union masters.

  • Jay Wolf

    Holy hell I thought they finally had that cleaned out! Years ago I watched a documentary on that canal, it’s underground section and how it was land locked. What was dumped into it over the last almost 100 years made it a scary azz heck.

    • TugboatPhil

      Jay, I have been in some very nasty harbors in my life and it is amazing how clean they are after a large storm has passed through. I’d pretty much bet that this canal no longer needs cleaned out. Several neighborhoods around will, but that ditch will probably be much different when the area dries out.

      • hwy505

        That entire canal is a HazMat dumping zone!

        • hazchic

          Dilution is the solution…

  • weRbroke

    Where is the EPA? Why have they been more concerned about chasing cow farts and manure pits?

    • The Daffodil Times

      The EPA has been fighting to be recognized by all politicians, not just the Democrats and get these corporations to follow EPA dumping regulations. All these companies care about is money, now you see what happens when you ignore EPA regulations. A toxic wasteland.

  • hwy505

    Good – maybe Red Hook Projects was cleaned out – the area is a cess-pool without a hurricane!

  • The Daffodil Times

    If corporations followed EPA regulations in the first place, it wouldn’t be toxic

    • hazchic

      Most, if not all, of this toxic was deposited before the EPA regulations of the 70’s.

      • The Daffodil Times

        Most, if not all, was supposed to be cleaned up a LONG time ago.