The Bowery Has Not Flooded (Yet!)

A soggy Bowery after a Feb. water mane break. (Bowery Boogie)

If you happen to live on the city’s now-glitzy skid row, you should be high and dry, at least for the time being, so fear not for a slip-up during the mayor’s storm update this morning. If you caught it, Mayor Bloomberg said the Bowery had flooded, when in fact he meant The Battery, according to his staff.

“There has already been some flooding already in the Bowery, as well as the FDR and some of the Rockaways,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “We expect surge levels of 6 to 11 feet. A surge of 9 to 10 feet is possible along Coney Island and the Rockaways. And a surge of 11 to 12 feet may occur at the Battery Monday evening.”

The press office confirmed after the storm briefing that he meant the Battery, not the Bowery. It seemed possible, perhaps there was a water mane break or some other disaster. However, if it was simply a storm surge, the city would be in serious trouble were the Bowery flooded, given that the infamous roadway is beyond even Zone C, the area expected to flood during a Category 4 hurricane. So basically, we’re talking about Noah’s flood.

That said, heavy rains could still leave the streets soaked, so be sure to wear your designer duckies if you head out into the Frankenstorm.

The Bowery Has Not Flooded (Yet!)