Landform History Exposed

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When Red Hook was infilled, it was leveled to the bottom of the already existing ‘islands.’ This history of the land form reveals itself when we see the mapping of the storm surge from Sandy, as we can see exactly which blocks did not flood.

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  1. The storm surge map of Red Hook provided by the USGS has a few shortcomings. It has water in areas that did not flood. For example, the surge never made it to the entrance of the Battery Tunnel on the Brooklyn side nor did it cover Van Brunt Street entirely. Van Brunt remained dry between Dikeman and Wolcott, between Baked and Hope and Anchor Diner, where the elevation rises to about 10 feet ASL. Although USGS are reliable in most areas, they did not capture Red Hook’s storm surge accurately.

    For an inside look at Red Hook’s storm surge, see http://portsidetanker.blogspot.com.

    Best,
    Jim McMahon
    Cartographer
    Red Hook resident

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