From Red Hook to SoCal, Sprawl Puts People at Risk

Residents settling former industrial areas are not sizing up risks
Floodwaters in Red Hook in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Oct. 30, 2012. Photograph by Robert Stolarik/The New York Times via Redux

Before you even reach it, you can hear the main drag of Brooklyn’s hard-hit Red Hook neighborhood pulsing in the distance. A steady thump of generators powering water pumps rings up and down the main stretch of Van Brunt Street. Hoses snake out of basements, spewing water into gutters. Residents haul water-logged mattresses, soaked boxes of paper, and garbage bags stuffed full to the curb. Pairs of wet shoes perch outside to dry, groups of people in rain boots squeegee floors, and neighbors check in with each other. “We have power,” one woman yells to another across the street. “Great. But we’re not going to have heat or hot water,” the other replies.

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