Water Main Floods Brooklyn Subway Station

Commuter mayhem: a water main broke at the Court Street station in Brooklyn last week, causing floods. Last Thursday afternoon, at around 3pm, water began flooding the Court Street station, causing panic and confusion for commuters. If you thought rush hour was bad to begin with, picture wading through knee-high levels of brown water, which seeped through cracks in the infrastructure and began to fill the subterranean station. FDNY and other emergency workers showed up shortly thereafter, sifting through the watery scene to assess and rectify the damage.

In the meantime, R trains between Canal Street and DeKalb Avenue were re-routed via the Q line. Somewhere up above, on Montague Street, lay the cause of the problem: the broken water main itself. Down below, chaos ensued. Per MTA officials, the scene wasn’t cleaned up in time to reopen for rush hour, but has since been restored. The station is now fully operational.

Floods, of course, can be more than just an inconvenience. Cold water can cause serious harm in the form of hypothermia. And if your place of residence floods, extensive property damage will likely be incurred. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at both of these problems.

What to Do if Your Home or Apartment Floods

Bathrooms, kitchens are both essential but both pose significant risks of flooding. Most homeowners and apartment lessees aren’t water system pros, but if possible, here’s a quick checklist of things you can do in the event of a flood:

  • Stanch the Source: Try to find where the flow is originating, and attempt to cut off the flow of water.
  • Cut the Power: If electricity is flowing in the affected area, cut the power only if it is safe to do so. If you believe electricity has already made hazardous contact with water, it may be best to separate yourself and your loved ones from the environment entirely and wait for professionals to evaluate the situation.
  • Stockpile Proof: Insurance companies are, at some point down the line, going to come into play. The more pictographic and anecdotal proof you compile, the more comprehensive a report they’ll be able to create. So, take pictures of what’s been damaged, and write out a full report of the goings-on.
  • Eliminate Standing Water: If (and only if) the area is safe, try to bail out as much standing water as you can. As items soak, damage is continuously inflicted. Handheld pumps are available to aid you in this cause.
  • Remember: Do not use electric appliances again until you are certain they’ve dried out, enlist the help of fans and electric dehumidifiers only if the outlets they’ll be plugged into are dry as well, and contact remediation professionals if you suspect the presence of mold in the aftermath of the flooding situation.

Treating Hypothermia

Remember, there is no substitute for immediate, professional medical care. If a hypothermia incident has occurred, your best bet is always calling 9-1-1 or rushing the injured party to a hospital. However, if mild hypothermia has occurred, here are a few things you can do in the short-term to help prevent additional heat loss and improve the likelihood of the injured party’s survival.

  • Seek the Indoors: The most important, and perhaps obvious, piece of advice is to remove the hypothermic person from the scenario which caused their hypothermia in the first place. If possible, carefully move them indoors to prevent further freezing.
  • Shivering Is a Good Thing: Shivering is the body’s way of generating small amounts of warmth. If they’re able, encourage the hypothermic person to shiver.
  • Remove Wet Clothing: Continued exposure to cold, wet clothing will exacerbate the problem. Gently replace damp, chilly clothing with warm, dry clothing.
  • Wrap Them Up: Add blankets, towels, and jackets to the mix. The more material you can get your hands on, the merrier. Extra layers of warmth will help the hypothermic person retain maximal body heat.
  • Break Out the Hot Cocoa: Warm liquids and high-energy foods should be provided to help the person warm up. Do not give the hypothermic person alcohol.
  • REMEMBER: Too drastic a shift in temperature can actually worsen the situation. Do not place a hypothermic person in a hot bath or near heating lamps.

If someone has suffered severe hypothermia, it’s of paramount importance that they seek immediate medical attention from a trained professional.

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