Brooklyn Bridge Park Carousel Was Submerged During Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new flood protection system has been set up around Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, to prevent more flooding in the event of another superstorm.

When Superstorm Sandy hit last year, the 91-year-old carousel was left submerged in water. The wooden carousel and horses were not damaged, but the basement that houses the electronics that operate the ride was flooded with 5 feet of water.

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On Wednesday, carousel owners Jane and David Walentas and Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myer were on hand to install a state-of-the-art AquaFence flood protection system around the carousel to prevent such damage in the future.

The AquaFence system is made up of 44 marine-grade panels that can be deployed rapidly when a storm is approaching. They were assembled at a news conference Wednesday morning.

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When not in use, the panels will be stored out of sight.

Jane’s Carousel was constructed by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1922, and was originally installed in the Idora Park amusement park in Youngstown, Ohio. The amusement park closed in 1984 following a devastating fire, but Walentas purchased the carousel, brought it to New York and began a painstaking restoration process.

The carousel opened to the public in Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2011.

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