The storm is over, but there’s a new problem in the air for Long Island residents
Residents in Park Slope, Brooklyn, just blocks away from the Gowanus Canal, are complaining that a nasty brown substance is backing up into their sinks and toilets.
Two-hundred gallons of diesel oil spilled when a pressurized hose blew during a fuel delivery that was meant to supply temporary outdoor generators on Thursday. The spill resulted in an unbearable odor.
County health officials have issued an advisory urging all recreational boaters and swimmers to avoid the Long Island Sound until further notice.
The ‘Double D’ pool, as it has become known, exists amid blocks of post-industrial landscape, just a stones throw away from the Gowanus Canal; the pool has been a vital resource for families and children for decades.
Some homes in Park Slope, Brooklyn, have been left in a state of disgusting disarray, after gallons of sewer water seeped in.
In 2012, Sandy filled the streets and basements of Hoboken with water, that was followed by a slew of water-main breaks, and finally a series of flash floods brought on by heavy rain, that left many residents pumping out their homes once again.
The sewage spilled into surrounding waters and even some city streets, most of it in New York City and northern New Jersey.
On Friday afternoon officials announced that the Hudson river swim advisory would be lifted by 11 p.m. Officials with the U.S. Ironman Triathlon announced Saturday’s race will go forward — complete with the swim — as planned.
The rupture at the 40-year-old pipe on Wednesday afternoon required a partial system shutdown, which means raw sewage can’t make it to the treatment plant in Yonkers.
The Westchester County Department of Health is advising people who use the Hudson River waters for recreational purposes to avoid direct contact with the water from Croton Point Park and points south until further notice.
“It was oily in substance, blackish-greenish oil. I thought it was hydraulic fluid,” said resident Artie Hughes.
President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in New York after Tropical Storm Irene, freeing up federal recovery funds.
Days after Hurricane Irene made her way north, things in New York City’s northern suburbs are still not back to normal.
While the water looks pristine, Riverkeeper says raw sewage pollutes the Hudson River from Manhattan to Troy, often making it unsafe for swimming.