As the eye of Hurricane Irene gives Brooklynites a brief respite from the winds and waters, the initial damage reports are coming in. By all accounts, damages across the neighborhood seem relatively small, though there are some instances of severe flooding and property damage due to fallen trees and power lines.

Manhattan Beach and Plumb Beach residents saw the worst of the storm so far, as the waters swallowed up local streets. The Bay itself overflowed onto Shore Boulevard, West End Avenue and Emmons Avenue. We’ve heard in Manhattan Beach many of the streets were at least ankle high in water, and numerous trees are down.

Along Emmons Avenue, the damage was worst towards the eastern end, where Plumb Beach residents faced knee-high waters in the bungalow colonies and along side streets between Emmons Avenue and Shore Parkway.

Plumb Beach itself wasn’t spared. We’ve heard reports that the beach and parking lot are entirely under water, though it appears the Belt Parkway is clear from Bath Beach to Flatbush. Flooding at Bay 8th Street caused a closure of the Belt Parkway.

North of the Belt Parkway, most residents appeared to have escaped all but minor flooding. Trees and power lines, though, have fallen in various places all throughout the neighborhood, including several in Marine Park. We’re getting a lot of reports from the 11229 section of the neighborhood of downed trees.

Several boats lost their moorings, and a handful sank while others were tossed toward’s the Bay’s walls. Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club is reporting flooding, and say they’ve lost two boats.

With the hurricane’s eye upon us, waters appear to have receded. But the second wave will hit soon, and authorities are urging residents not to leave their homes, and especially not to drive. Our view of the street indicates that people are not heeding this warning.

Con Edison is reporting approximately 2,000 power outages in the Marine Park area, while the rest of our coverage area is seeing far less. In Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Gravesend and Homecrest combined, about 250 residents are without power. The number is even less in Midwood. Most of these outages are due to downed trees; Con Edison did not cut power preemptively as was suggested might happen.

Here are photos submitted to us from readers throughout the neighborhood. If you have photos or video, please send it to nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Additional reporting by Robert Fernandez.

Thanks to Shelomo Alfassa, Mike Cipolla, Tina Maffeo, Albert Hasson, Dimitry S., Mike N., Richie W., Vlad K., Inna M., and others for submitting photos and tips.

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  • RomanM

    Gotta love those people who thought putting saran wrap around their cars would do anything. 

    • Anonymous

      It keeps them fresh : ).

    • nolastname

      Just got back from E15 street the vehicles are unwrapped. Missed another but I did meet some folks walking around with a ONE WAY sign. LOL

  • Kon

    It looks like you made a mistake in the title. It wasn’t a hurricane when it made landfall in Brooklyn. It was downgraded to a tropical storm.

  • SheepsheadMeow

    Well on the brightside, the bay got a cleaning.

  • nolastname

    Nice stuff now I have to rake a walk to look at the saran job.  The water slapping under the foot bridge is great. I was out there at about 8am but too lazy to walk to the bridge…Oh well, there’s still tonight.

  • Babu

    Thank god I was not in the bungalow colonies…It was not even a hurricane and my house is surrounded by waters… :(

  • Dona Q

    We evacuated and went out of state, and we’re trying to find out how our street looks and whether we have power in our building.  We want to come back ASAP because we have cats, but my husband is disabled and can’t hande living without the elevator and light.  We’re in 2790 Bragg Street, the Nautilus Building, right at the corner of Shore Parkway and Bragg Street.  Does anyone know if that building/area has power, and whether Bragg Street and Shore Parkway (Emmons side) are flooded?

  • Dona Q

    We evacuated and went out of state, and we’re trying to find out how our street looks and whether we have power in our building.  We want to come back ASAP because we have cats, but my husband is disabled and can’t hande living without the elevator and light.  We’re in 2790 Bragg Street, the Nautilus Building, right at the corner of Shore Parkway and Bragg Street.  Does anyone know if that building/area has power, and whether Bragg Street and Shore Parkway (Emmons side) are flooded?

    • nolastname

      Did you find out if there is power? The area looked OK this morning, if you have no one to call I can take a ride there. There still is a high tide this evening.

    • Barkingspider7

      I don’t think anyone lost power in SB.  I live on Emmons between Nostrand and Haring and we didn’t lose power or anything else.  I’m sure your building is fine.

      • levp

        Half-block areas of East 28th – East 27th – East 26th streets and Voorhies Avenue were out of power until sometime Sunday afternoon.
        My house had half the power (we get two phases and one was still live) between 2-3AM Sunday and late afternoon.

  • guest

    got evacuated from Brighton Beach at Coney Island Ave and Neptune . . . . anyone know if there was flooding over there?

    • Pizdagriz

      Pussy!

      • nolastname

        Is that a yes or no?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1048993713 Ilya Alexander Rubnich

    The bay looks really clean now.

    • Anonymous

      There’s a strong stench of gasoline at the end of the bay on the Manhattan Beach side. I was debating dropping a match into the bay – but I was afraid it would catch on  fire. 

      Wait a minute that could have been a great story for Ned…..

    • Anonymous

      There’s a strong stench of gasoline at the end of the bay on the Manhattan Beach side. I was debating dropping a match into the bay – but I was afraid it would catch on  fire. 

      Wait a minute that could have been a great story for Ned…..

  • Arthur

    Just happy I moved top San Diego.  Good luck folks.  New Yorkers will get things back to normal in a few days.  Out here it makes headlines when it rains 1 inch. Lots of car accidents.  Californians think they can dodge rain drops by driving faster!!!

  • Local Broker

     love the insurance job attempt with the M3

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