Hurricane Sandy Leaves BoCoCa Residents With Flooded Basements and No Cable

By Heather Holland on October 30, 2012 6:30pm 

BOERUM HILL — The morning after Hurricane Sandy ripped through the city, residents in Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill saw downed trees, flooded basements and spotty cable service.

Some residents along Wyckoff Street, between Smith and Hoyt Streets, experienced flooding in their basements from ground water and sewage overflow, said Howard Kolins, president of the Boerum Hill Association.

A large part of Boerum Hill lost Time Warner Cable service around 8 p.m. Monday and continued to experience outages Tuesday morning, said Kolins.

Downed trees dotted the streets in Cobble Hill, including a large tree that fell in Cobble Hill Park. The Cobble Hill Association posted photos throughout the height of the storm Monday evening depicting cars crushed by fallen branches in front of 250 Baltic Street.

One photo depicts a pile of debris at Clinton and Kane Street, near Christ Church, which was already damaged when lightning struck its steeple in July.

Despite the litter of damage left behind by the storm, Kolins says Boerum Hill fared much better than its coastal neighbors.

“We fared much better than DUMBO or Red Hook which were hit hard by flooding, some of it frighteningly quick from the tidal surge.”

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